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US delegation to visit West Bengal on February 17 with focus on port sector

The Economic Times:  February 16, 2012

Kolkata: A fairly large US delegation is tipped to visit West Bengal on February 17. The team will, essentially, focus on the port sector. The delegation will begin its India trip with Kolkata and then travel to other cities.

According to Ms Judy Reinke, minister counselor for commercial affairs in the US embassy in Delhi, members from at least seven US companies, US Trade and Development Agency and Overseas Private Investment Corporation will form part of the delegation. Ms Reinke was speaking in the city recently.

Incidentally, the companies will include the Port of Baltimore, Ellicott Dredges, DSC Dredges, Great Lakes Bridge & Dock Company and Thermo Fisher. During their two-day stay in Kolkata, the delegation will meet the Union minister of state for shipping, Mukul Roy, and travel to Haldia.

This will be the first visit by a US team to Kolkata in four years. ""This trip will pave the way for more visits by US teams to this city. For instance, we are expecting a water management delegation in April and a mining delegation in December, to mention just two of them,"" Ms Reinke said.

Amongst sectors which interest the US, from the point of view of investment, embrace ports, mining, water management, agri equipment and agriculture in general. The US has certainly changed its strategy as far as trade with Kolkata, and India, goes. ""The efforts are visible,"" Ms Reinke said.

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