Bavarian State urged to set up trade office

Our Bureau Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on July 20, 2011 Published on July 20, 2011

The Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy, has requested the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the State of Bavaria, Germany, to open a representative office in Kerala to promote closer bilateral relationship between the States.

The request was conveyed through Mr John Kottayil, Executive Director at the Indian Office of Invest-In-Bavaria, a trade promotional agency based in Bangalore, when the latter called on him on Tuesday evening.

The Chief Minister observed that that the representative office should help in the popularisation of ayurveda in the State of Bavaria as well as the Federal Republic of Germany. It would also act as the conduit for sourcing investments from Germany.

Mr Kottayil had earlier said that the areas of bilateral cooperation had been identified as IT, biotechnology, tourism, food technology and environment.

The Chief Minister also referred to the vexatious problem of solid waste management in the State.

He requested that the proposed Bavarian office make useful interventions in identifying suitable German technology that could be adopted to deal with the issue here.


Mr Kottayil said he would bring in environmental experts from Bavaria for an interaction with the Kerala Government to work out a suitable model of action.

The meeting also decided to set up a joint working group comprising entrepreneurs from Kerala and Bavaria to facilitate interactions between business communities of the two States.

Published on July 20, 2011
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