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Haryana sets up Foreign cooperation department

A decision to this effect was taken in the meeting of State Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal

The new department will deal in formulation of country wise strategies for promotion of investment, employment in the state, education and skill development and promotion of Haryanavi culture and welfare of Haryanavi diaspora, participation at bilateral and multilateral fora with the objective of pursuing issues of interest to the state involving cooperation in public and private sector organization.

Haryana Government has decided to create a dedicated new department namely Department of ‘Foreign Cooperation’ in order to streamline and provide focus to various initiatives taken by the state government for the promotion of investment, employment for Haryana youth and welfare of Non Resident Indian (NRI)/Person of Indian Origin (PIO).

A decision to this effect was taken in the meeting of State Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal here today.

The department will also work to enhance international cooperation with provinces of foreign countries and engagement with cities under the sister provinces and twin cities programmes of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

The new department will deal in formulation of country wise strategies for promotion of investment, employment in the state, education and skill development and promotion of Haryanavi culture and welfare of Haryanavi diaspora, participation at bilateral and multilateral fora with the objective of pursuing issues of interest to the state involving cooperation in public and private sector organization.

Apart from this, the department will deal in participation in bilateral working groups with a view to promote state’s interest in foreign countries in the area of trade and investment both in-bound and out-bound in consultation with Ministry of External Affairs.

The department will also maintain liaison with Indian Missions abroad/Ministry of External Affairs/ foreign missions at New Delhi on matters pertaining to Haryana with regard to investment, employment, education, skill development, and culture and NRI/PIO affairs. Besides this, it will also work for development of global country wise marketing and communication strategies to ensure strong links with Haryanavi diaspora.

Haryana is recognized as one of the preferred investment destinations in the country and has remained in the forefront of foreign direct investment in the country during the last 5 years. It has emerged as one of the largest automobile hubs in the country and is emerging as base for the knowledge industry. Haryanavi diaspora has a strong presence across countries like UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Apart from many State level MOUs with other countries and their provinces, many cities of Haryana have already signed twin city MOUs.

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