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Sep 2 – West Bengal cabinet members are attempting to include former Indian cricket team captain and former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chairman Sourav Ganguly in the group led by chairman Minister Mamata Banerjee to hunt for investments in the state.
On the condition of anonymity, a senior member of the state government said that they had called the former Indian cricket team captain with this request.
“Sourav Ganguly is the symbol of success from the state. The overseas tour is to show-case West Bengal as an ideal investment destination. In such a situation if he is part of the delegation led by the Chief Minister, it will help in serving the basic purpose of the tour. We are hopeful that he will agree unless there is any last moment pre-occupation,” the cabinet member said.
Banerjee is scheduled to go to Dubai on September 12. She is scheduled to fly from Dubai to Madrid and back home on September 23.
The major goal of the journey is to hunt for investment opportunities, while state government officials and the Chief Minister’s cabinet colleagues are keeping the details of her abroad tour schedule under wraps.
According to reports, the Chief Minister’s main goal for this trip will be to meet with non-resident Indian (NRI) businessmen in Dubai and Madrid.
“She is supposed to highlight the investment atmosphere and excellent infrastructure in the state conducive for investments here. The Chief Minister is also expected to highlight the nature of cooperation and assistance that the state government is willing to provide for the sake of fresh investments in the state. We expect this overseas trip of the Chief Minister to be extremely fruitful,” said a member of the state cabinet.
He also stated that, in addition to NRI businessmen, the Chief Minister is anticipated to meet with top chambers of trade in both Dubai and Spain.