GBI team joins Hon CM of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu and Mr. Ratan Tata to discuss opportunities for the State and country in Vijayawada
It was an auspicious and historic day – August 24, 2015 – that saw the launch of a partnership between India’s business baron, philanthropist and one of the most focused and committed political leaders our times have seen. The Honorable CM of Andhra Pradesh (AP), Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu talked about his plans for the state, including a comprehensive checklist of actions for industry, urban and rural areas – focusing on overall development of the newly created State. Mr. Naidu opined that the status of the part of the State he was given has put him in crisis management mode, but he only sees this is an opportunity to again turnaround a young fledgling state to a place that will be significant not only in India, but for the rest of the world. Timelines have been set and plans have been made. AP needs good partners, stakeholders, investors to take it forward in areas from agriculture, food processing, village development, fisheries, nutrition to industrial growth and urban development, sustainability, energy and water. Who better than to invite, close collaborator and a mirror image in business: Mr. Ratan Tata. It is noteworthy that both leaders share a very similar value system – humility and simplicity combined with aggressive action, delivering on their commitments and passion for their mutual topics of interest. This renewed collaboration between these two doers will spell a new beginning for AP towards a focused path of continuous action. I feel privileged at a citizen of India to be invited to contribute to this impending growth story.
While GBI has been continuously working in the clean technology transfer from US, Europe and other international regions into India, developing and implementing programs and projects, we raised the question in our discussion on what should India invest in when it comes to new technology and innovation and markets. Mr. Ratan Tata shared that energy efficiency and clean energy will be significant and must dos for India as much as areas such as nutrition, agriculture and village development. This alongside smart distributed power generation and energy storage are much needed to have a sustainable future in India. We are all aware of the need for better management of waste, water and air pollution as well. GBI is working to transform the Indian market for cleantech. The mainstay today is ICT and e-commerce. This will only expand in the future to include new cutting edge innovation for India.
Another topic that will drive discussions in AP is the start-up and incubation arena. We need to start from scratch here, but I am quite sure that we are all going to have the opportunity to gasp with excitement when CM Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu again pulls no stops while making all these words real actions in his newly formed State of Andhra Pradesh.