Naidu to visit Germany to boost investments in Smart Cities

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New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu will attend a three-day conference on India’s Smart City Mission to be held in Berlin to further cooperation with Germany and promote investments.

“Naidu will hold detailed talks with his German counterpart and senior officials on the roadmap for developing Bhubaneswar in Odisha, Kochi in Kerala and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu as smart cities with German assistance,” a statement from the Urban Development Ministry said.

These three cities were identified for German collaboration following Inter-Governmental Consultations between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Morkel in October last year.

Naidu’s visit is aimed at intensifying high-level engagement for identifying new opportunities for German companies in the urban development sector offered by the initiative of development of 100 smart cities.

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The Smart City Conference in Berlin will enable dialogue and exchange of information, sharing of knowledge and ideas in respect of technology, innovation and best practices in the area of smart cities.

During his visit, Naidu will meet Speaker of Germany’s Parliament and members of Inter-Parliamentary Group.



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