Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Haryana signs 10 MoUs with United Kingdom

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal said that ten Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) have been signed with United Kingdom (UK) for various projects and  initiatives that would not only catalyze investment worth Rs 1500 crore to the State but also provide direct employment to about 1000 persons.
            Mr Manohar Lal disclosed this while addressing a press conference here today. The high level delegation led by Mr Manohar Lal arrived here yesterday after their visit to Israel and UK.
            The Chief Minister said that six MoUs were signed during a meeting with Lord Raj Loomba at the House of Lords. These included MoUs with Pontaq (UK India Innovation Fund): focusing on Fintech, Smart Cities and Emerging Technologies, UK India Global Business Limited for promoting technology transfer, support services and establishing UK/European Companies especially focused on Aerospace and Defence Sectors; Xelba Limited and AU Capital Partners Limited for undertaking Internet of Things (IOT) initiative and setting up a Development Centre at Gurugram with an investment of 10 million pound sterling and manufacture of IoT hardware with an investment of 50 million pound sterling (Rs.550 crore); GoodBox for outsourcing of manufacturing and services, Technology operations and development and Service and Tech Call Centre to Haryana,  ZapGo for transfer of Technology for Energy Storage devices and setting up of manufacturing facility in India and RelmaTech for Technology development of Remote ID and Tracking Systems for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and contract manufacturing of UAS. 
            Mr Manohar Lal said that a MoU has also been signed with WKCIC Group for undertaking collaboration in skill development in Haryana.  The Central City College Group in London runs an array of academic and vocational courses for 16-18 year-olds and adult learners, such as A-Levels, BTECs, Apprenticeships, Foundation Degrees, Access to Higher Education, employability training and short courses. It also offers bespoke training for employers and specialist programmes delivered in conjunction with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. The College would share its expertise by taking over it is and undertaking skill development programs in Haryana. Apart from this, a MoU has been signed with the University of Birmingham for promoting research and collaborative activity in the area of Agriculture including cold energy through exchange programs, academic workshops and seminars, education and training. The MOU seeks a collaboration to develop centres of excellence for clean cold chains and two special clean cold workshops would take place over the summer – one in India and one in UK – that would help to map out a blueprint and delivery plan for sustainable cooling across Haryana.
            He said that during the visit, the delegation has explored the possibility of collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at Sheffield for setting up a facility in Haryana which would lead to influx of major players like Rolls Royce, Metaltech, Mclaren and Boeing. He said that for the first time ever any State delegation has travelled beyond London and reached out to manufacturing centres like Leeds, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham.           
            He said that the State would adopt best practices from the National Health Scheme of UK and the Transport for London besides collaborating with the Universities and Colleges for skill development programs. He said that there is a huge investment possibility of Johnson Matthey and India UK Health Institutes. The Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), Mr T L Satyaprakash, has been designated as the Nodal Officer for taking forward the Haryana Leeds Gateway initiative for all intents and purposes.
            He said that the delegation also held a meeting with Transport for London (TfL) which provided a broader perspective for implementation of a successful City Transport System for a growing city like Gurugram. A team from Haryana led by the Transport Minister or Transport Secretary would be tasked to visit UK to understand the principles and seek collaboration with TfL for developing a comprehensive Transport System for Gurugram, Faridabad and other urban areas in Haryana. Similarly, pproposal for setting up multi-super specialty tertiary care hospital and other services in Haryana was discussed in a meeting with Indo UK Institute of Health. Options for various sites for their project and related matters were discussed and clarified. The issue regarding the final site would be settled by June end, he added.
            Mr Manohar Lal said that he also met the Government and Business Leaders from Leeds City Region and discussed a bilateral collaboration arrangement between Haryana and Leeds City Region through a Twinning Arrangement. Leeds is one of the most industrialized regions in UK in the areas of Data Analytics, Fintech, Advance Manufacturing and healthcare. He said that he stressed upon the need to intensify the trade relationships and to create living bridge as envisioned by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi during his recent visit to UK.  He said that emphasis was laid on the opportunity for collaboration in the areas of manufacturing particularly SMEs, BPOs, Fintech, Pharma, Aerospace and Defence. He has invited the Business persons for setting up their enterprises in Haryana and assured them of complete Government support. This would pave way for a Twinning/ Sister State relation between Haryana and Leeds as a next step, he said adding that it was decided that in order to take the matter forward, the two sides would be in touch with each other through Video Conferencing on monthly basis.  MD, HSIIDC was designated as the Nodal Officer for the purpose.
            The Chief Minister said that he also visited the Advanced Manufacturing Park Sheffield. The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) was established in 2001 as a Rs 15 million collaboration between the University of Sheffield and aerospace giant Boeing. The AMRC helps manufacturers of any size to become more competitive by introducing advanced techniques, technologies and processes. It has specialist expertise in machining, casting, welding, additive manufacturing, composites, designing for manufacturing. We have mooted a proposal with the AMRC for setting up an Advanced Manufacturing Park in Haryana with a parallel Advanced Manufacturing Research centre (AMRC) which could provide the necessary eco-system enabling the Companies like Boeing, Rolls Royce and Mclaren to set up their plants, he added. Apart from this, he also visited the POD car facility at Terminal 5. He said that this is the only operational Personal Rapid Transport system operation in the world and has been mooted by the Union Minister for Road Transport between Delhi and Gurugram.
            While referring to his visit to Israel, the Chief Minister said that he visited the headquarter of Hatzalah at Jerusalem which provides emergency medical services through operation of Ambu-Bikes and a dedicated group of trained volunteers ready to provide emergency medical aid using latest technology within 90 second of the call made by any distressed citizen residing in Israel any time 24x7. The officials of the Hatzalah explained the operational details of the entire procedure adopted by the Organization for saving precious lives of the Israeli citizens and demonstrated the technology involved in the entire process through operation of Ambu-Bikes fully equipped to deal with emergency medical calls. He said that the potential adoption of such emergency response system in addition to the existing ambulance system in Haryana was explored and deliberated.
             He said that he also visited some farmers’ fields to understand the water efficient technologies system that is Micro Irrigation Systems which have been extensively adopted by the farmers of Israel. Besides, he also visited the Headquarter of NaaNDan JAIN to understand the contribution of the biggest Micro Irrigation Implement manufacturing company to the Israel agriculture in terms of promotion of micro irrigation system. Also, he visited the Tel Aviv Convention Centre hosting 20th International Agro Technology Exhibition and Conference (Agri-Tech Israel-2018) and participated in the Panel Discussion on the Theme “Small Holders Farming Combating the Desert”.
            The Chief Minister said that he also held a meeting with the Israel Agriculture Ministerial delegation headed by Mr. M.K. Uri Ariel, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and discussed possible areas of cooperation in the field of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and dairy, recycling of water for use in agriculture, conservation of water, promotion of micro irrigation and establishment of more centre of excellence. Apart from this, he also visited the exhibition halls and inspected stalls of various companies demonstrating latest technology in agriculture and horticulture besides the water conservation and efficient systems which includes recycling of water for agriculture purpose.

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