The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Nara Chandrababu Naidu, is now on a tour of Russia and Kazakhstan and representing the state at INNOPROM 2016, he is attempting to secure several Russian investments to the state and several Russian partnerships to the state.

The Andhra Pradesh stall at the event was inaugurated by the Russian Industry and Trade Minister Mr. Denis Manturov, who later spoke to Mr. Naidu about he investment potential in Andhra Pradesh and how the state government is willing to partner with investors to create value and jobs together. Mr. Denis Manturov praised the friendship of the two countries and assured his government’s support to the budding state.

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Earlier to this, Mr. Naidu went to Kazakhstan and at Almaty, met the Defence Minister of Kazakhstan Mr. Imangali Tasmagambetov. Mr. Tasmagambetov was formerly Mayor of Astana and was instrumental in building Kazakhstan’s new capital city. With Mr. Naidu at a similar situation now, both the leaders discussed at length on the difficulties faced while building a new capital city.

“When we became independent (from Soviet Union) we didn’t have money to pay salaries. Our doctors and employees worked free for one year. Then our president decided to build a new capital,” Mr. Tasmagambetov said.

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People were doubtful if the new government could build a new capital city which would cost enormous amounts of money and resources, but Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev had a grand vision which he wanted to translate into reality.

Mr. Tasmagambetov recalled how the city of Astana was built. He said that they had to float a global tender and pool investments from government, foreign companies, and private companies as well for formulating a city design.

Mentioning that most of the investments were made in infrastructure, Mr. Tasmagambetov said that the amenities such as power, sewage, engineering and all other infrastructures were underground. He said that if planning is done well, it is easy to build a new city.

After tie-ups with China and several other countries, now Russia and Kazakhstan will also lend their hand towards building a glorious Amaravati.

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