KZN Legislature delegation to visit India

2008-01-10 00:00

A high-powered 22-member delegation from the KZN Legislature is to undertake a two-week official visit to India.

The multi-party delegation is visiting the country "to gain a comprehensive overview of the rapid progress made in recent years in the Indian economy".

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the consul general of India, said the delegation is expected to learn some of the best practices and "recommend measures designed to enhance economic ties between India and KZN".

The delegation includes Belinda Scott, the chairwoman of the Finance portfolio committee, Joanne Downs, Scopa chairwoman, Cyril Xaba, the chief whip of the KZN Legislature, Sipho Shabalala, the head of provincial treasury, IFP leader, Lionel Mtshali, and DA caucus leader Roger Burrows.

Shringla said the visit is important in that both countries share the same developmental challenges.

The delegation will depart on Sunday and will visit New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai before returning on January 30.

In New Delhi, they are to meet parliamentarians from the Public Accounts Committee.

In Bangalore, they will visit IT companies like Infosys, Wipro and Tata Consultancy Services to gain an overview of business and knowledge process outsourcing capabilities with a view to attracting investments from these firms into KZN.

In Mumbai, they will meet the deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India to understand the central bank’s economic and fiscal policies and practices.

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