Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami to undertake 2-week long foreign tour


New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami will embark on an official foreign tour starting August 28, in a bid to attract investments and new technologies in various fields, including health.

He will visit the UK, US and Dubai to meet various personalities including investors, an official release here said on Monday.

During his foreign sojourn, the first by a chief minister of the state in decades, Palaniswami will sign various pacts and return home on September 10.

“The Chief Minister will travel to the UK, US and Dubai to know about the new developments in health and various technologies (in other areas), and implement them in Tamil Nadu,” the release said.

According to the release, the chief minister is scheduled to meet Tamils living in these countries, besides others, and urge them to invest in his state.

Palaniswami’s first stop will be London where his engagements include a memorandum signing with King’s College to enable the institute set up a campus in Tamil Nadu.

Meetings with top investors is also on the cards.

He will visit a facility at Suffolk to know about solar and wind power matters.

The chief minister would also meet UK MPs, the release said without elaborating.

Later, he would leave for the US and meet Tamil entrepreneurs and American investors, besides meeting members of the Tamil diaspora.

His official meetings in the US include those with investors in New York, and higher officials of Caterpillar and Ford Motors, both of whom have invested in the state, the release said.

The chief minister will also visit the tech hub of San Fransisco as part of his official engagements.

He will leave the US on September 7 and en route make a stopover at Dubai where he will attend a “Business Leaders Forum” as a special guest.

He will later address investors seeking investments in Tamil Nadu, before returning to the country on September 10, it added.

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