BHUBANESWAR: The State Government on Monday sought to collaborate with the US industrial sector and explore partnership in various adaptation and mitigation measures for climate change.
During a meeting with Nisha Desai Biswal, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs here, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said Odisha is one of the first States in the country to prepare State Action Plan on climate change in a participative process in 2010. The plan aims to reduce the vulnerability and enhance adaptive capacity, he said.
Seeking deeper cooperation in the industries sector with the US, Naveen said, “The State has a vision to increase manufacturing growth by 15 per cent by 2019 by attracting new investments to the tune of `1.73 lakh crore and additional employment to 3.30 lakh persons.”
The Chief Minister wanted greater cooperation from the US for investment in manufacturing units in identified focus sectors, large scale industrial and social infrastructure, smart industrial complexes, research and development facilities and technical cooperation.
Biswal appreciated the efforts of Odisha Government in strengthening preparedness and improving resilience for disaster management.
Over industrial and economic cooperation, Biswal said US intends to boost better trade ties in South and South-East Asia. As Odisha is strategically located, US would like to explore various options to improve economic engagements between the State and the country.