Shimla 28 June:
Himachal Pradesh has a vast potential for foreign investment in hydel power generation and tourism, particularly eco-tourism and civil aviation sector. This was stated by Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur while interacting with the Ambassador of India to Norway Shri Krishan Kumar and Ambassador of India to Syria Shri Man Mohan Bhanot, who had called on him at Oak Over here today.
Chief Minister said that due to vast power potential available in the Himachal Pradesh, the State offers immense potential for foreign investment in power sector. He said that the Government was providing several incentives to the potential entrepreneurs and investors. He said that tunneling was another sector where Norway could invest in the State as Himachal and Norway shares similar topographical conditions.
Shri Jai Ram Thakur said that the State was already collaborating with Norway in fisheries sector as the Indo-Norwegian trout farming project was functional at trout farm Patlikuhl in Kullu district. He said that more such projects could be setup in other parts of the state with Norwegian collaboration. He said that in addition, Norway could invest in infrastructure building and allied sectors. He said that Norway could also invest in technical collaboration for solid waste management.
Chief Minister said that Syria could invest in food processing, pharmaceuticals, semi skilled manpower and agriculture research.
Indian Ambassador to Norway Shri Krishan Kumar apprised the Chief Minister that Norway was a major player in renewable energy, tourism, adventure tourism, ski resorts, civil aviation, tunneling and ropeways.
Indian Ambassador to Syria Shri Man Mohan Bhanot said that Syria requires semi skilled workers and Himachal Pradesh could benefit from the opportunities available in these sectors.
Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi was also present on the occasion.