UAE Supreme Council member and Sharjah ruler Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, who reached here yesterday as part of a five-day visit to Kerala, called on State Governor P Sathasivam at Rajbhavan, here today.
The Sharjah ruler, who was accompanied by a high-level officials and business delegation from the UAE, was given a rousing reception at the Rajbhavan. After a closed door meeting with the Governor for more than one hour, the Sharjah ruler had a meeting with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his Cabinet Colleagues, businessmen and top bureaucrats. Later, the Governor hosted a lunch at Rajbhavan in the honour of Sharjah ruler and the delegation accompanied him.
Kerala proposed various projects, supporting Non-Resident Keralites and identifying various sectors including tourism, coastal area development and Ayurveda. One of the projects was a family city aiming affordable housing for Malayali community in Sharjah and availing 10 acres of land for building various projects including schools, engineering colleges, medical colleges, cultural and skill development centres. The State also proposed Rs 50,000 crore investment in the next four years in infrastructure development in various sectors including IT and Tourism, for which it expects cooperation from Sharjah. Aiming cooperation in IT sector, Kerala offered to share its experience in setting up Startup companies in Sharjah to provide technical knowledge to their youths and entrepreneurs. Kerala also proposed to provide facilities in its soil to start 'back office operations' of private companies and government officers of Sharjah. The State has also proposed to start a medical college having world class facilities in Kannur with the support of investors from Sharjah. The medical college will be set up next to the Kannur International Airport, which is fully operational in 2018. Aiming new high in UAE-Kerala relations, the Kerala Chief Minister had invited the Sharjah ruler to Kerala during his visit to that country in December last. After his visit in Rajbhavan, the Sharjah ruler, who drove straight to Leela Hotel in Kovalam will attend a cultural programme, organized by the State Government this evening. The Sharjah ruler will also call on the Chief Minister at his official residence 'Cliff House’ here tomorrow. Later, he will attend a convocation ceremony at Raj Bhavan organised by the Calicut University to confer a D.Litt degree to the ruler. He would also deliver a lecture on 'Sultan and Historical Documents' in the evening and also likely to address a press conference. He will also visit Kochi to attend various programmes on Wednesday before his departure on Thursday morning.