I am here to connect my two homes – Haley

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Nikki Haley woos Punjab & Chandigarh industry at CII Seminar

South Carolina, USA boosts Business Links at CII Seminar

Nikki Haley addressing the industry at CII

NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Ms Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina (SC), USA invited the industry from the Chandigarh & Punjab region to collaborate, invest, partner and build business ties with their counterparts in South Carolina, extending her state’s full support at an interaction on Doing Business with South Carolina, USA, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), at its Headquarters in Sector 31 A, here today.

Ms Haley, who is the also the first Indian and female Governor of any State of USA led an 18 member delegation from South Carolina to the City Beautiful to showcase its various strengths and showcase it as an ideal investment destination for Indian companies from Punjab and Chandigarh region.

nikki-haley“India is my second home. Hence, though attracting investments from overseas companies is my job, but building business ties with Indian companies is my personal desire.Hence i request CII to facilitate this a much as possible”, she shared.

“Come, invest and set up a business in South Carolina and we at the Government level will service you as an added employee as well. We will assign a specific Project Manager to you who will handhold you right from the beginning concerning all aspects like land, labour, financing, source of raw material, marketing, legal formalities, transportation facilities etc”, she highlighted.

“I believe if businesses are doing well in a state, all else like education, jobs, economy, health will fall perfectly in place and take care of them. Hence the first thing I did after taking over was to do away with the regulations, bureaucracy and labour unions hurting the business. I set up a committee on Business promotion with all industry members on the board. Being pro industry and focused on industry, now ours is the 3rd best state in USA to do business in with lowest cost of business and living”, she informed.

“The key sectors where you can excel in South Carolina include Automobile, Aerospace, IT, Pharmaceuticals, rubber, textiles, etc. Boeing’s leading manufacturing plant is in our state nad soon BMW’s South Carolina Plant would also be their leading plant, so is the case of various top tyre manufacturers of the world like Michelin, Bridgestone, continental etc. It is so easy to do business in South Carolina that 60 % of the new investments in South Carolina are from the existing businesses in the form of expansion”, she added..

“We are so grateful to the investors in South Carolina that we even fulfil all the skill requirements of the businesses set up there. We would work hand in hand with you. Just let us know your skill requirements and we would provide you with the relevant skilled and trained staff not just on work basis but also on culture basis. We will arrange and pay for their training etc. The only condition we put is that you have to buy or source as much as possible from our local manufacturers and service providers only. Hence our local businesses thrive a lot”, she added.

Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, President, CII (2004-05) & Chairman, CII International Policy Council, Chairman, Hero Corporate Service Ltd and Jt. Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp Ltd shared that CII is very committed to raise manufacturing’s share in the Indian GDP to atleast 25 %. For this the new Government is also taking a lot of new initiatives like Make in India. CII is fully committed to it. Soon the developed world would fall short of 40 million workers and India would be able to provide the same. Hence India is in a pretty strong position demographically, but we need to identify and encourage the right kind of skill and vocational education. Today’s interaction  included multi-sectoral presentations, giving information on setting up operations in South Carolina, provided a platform for local businessmen to interact with representatives from South Carolina(SC), towards resolution of queries on business and investment policies SC.”