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USIBC keen to work with AP on healthcare, smart city project

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on January 23, 2018 Published on April 20, 2015

The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has expressed its interest to work with Andhra Pradesh in the healthcare sector and smart city initiative in Visakhapatnam.

A delegation headed by its executive vice-president Diane Farrell and with representatives of several leading companies including Mylan, J&J, Hospira among others, met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, where the latter assured support in developing the State as a hub and encouraging public private sector participation.

During the meeting, Rajeev Mukundan, senior Vice-President (Legal), Mylan stated that the pharmaceutical company has four facilities in Vizag and is looking at expanding presence.

Srini Srinivasan, managing director of Hospira told the Chief Minister that the company has already invested Rs 2,500 crore in its manufacturing facility in Visakhapatnam.

A delegate from Johnson & Johnson evinced interest in working with the State on reducing infant and maternal mortality rate, women health and hygiene. Some of the delegates also expressed their keenness on vaccination/immunization programmes of the government.

Naidu said he was keen to develop Andhra Pradesh as healthcare hub where health and education are the Government’s priorities.

“Taking medical services to people in affordable, efficient and quick way is what we want to do. And, I believe e-health concept makes it possible,” he said, according to a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.

Diane Farrell informed the USIBC is expediting the work on making Vizag a smart city. “We’re talking to companies and investors who are interested in making Vizag a smart city,” she said and invited the Chief Minister to the US and asked the Government to host a road show on the investment opportunities in AP.

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Published on April 20, 2015
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