Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami, accompanied by Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar, on Wednesday left for London on a tour of UK and US to attract investments in the State. He is scheduled to meet in London the Hinduja brothers who have stakes in Ashok Leyland in Tamil Nadu.
Talking to reporters at the airport, Palanisami said he was going at the invitation extended by non-resident Indians when they attended the global investors summit hosted by the Government in January this year.
Vijayabhaskar said the Chief Minister will sign three memoranda of understanding in London, including one with the John's College Hospital to set up a branch in Chennai. The Chief Minister will sign an m.o.u with International Human Resources Development Organisation in London on upgrading skills of doctors and paramedics in Tamil Nadu government hospitals.
The Chief Minister will study the more advanced level of 999 emergency ambulance in service in the UK so as to upgrade the 108 now available in Tamil Nadu. He would study how to adopt the best medical practices of the UK in tackling dengue and malaria through control of mosquitoes.
The UK visit would also pave for way of exchanges of nurses between the two countries and promote medical tourism to Tamil Nadu, Vijayabhaskar said. The Chief Minister is also going to Suffolk where he will visit IP Switch Smartcard factory to explore possibility of transfer of technology in solar and wind energy generation to Tamil Nadu. The same day, he is also scheduled to meet British members of Parliament.
From London, the Chief Minister will fly on Sept 1 to New York and visit Buffalo, California and Los Angeles. His programmes in the US includes interaction with US-based Tamil entrepreneurs.
The Chief Minister will also meet top executives of Ford and Caterpillar both of which have plants in Chennai. He is also scheduled to meet executives of Foxcon and Lincon Electric in San Francisco.
He will then go to Buffalo in California to discuss technical collaboration for setting up a livestock park in Thalavasal in Salem, his native district. Returning to Chennai on Sept 4, he will leave on Sept 7 for Dubai on a two-day visit to the UAE.
In Dubai he will hold consultations with captains of industry at a business leaders forum which functions under the aegis of the UAE Department of Economy and Trade. He will also address industrialists at a town hall meeting to persuade them to invest in Tamil Nadu.
In his absence, Deputy Chief Minster O Pannerselvam is expected to look after his portfolios.