US firms at Kolkata mining expo
West Bengal commerce and industries minister Partha Chatterjee inaugurated the US Pavilion at the 11th International Mining and Machinery Exhibition (IMME) here on Wednesday.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) designated the United States as this year's partner country to highlight the range of sophisticated mining technologies and equipment offered by American manufacturers.
"The exhibition has been dedicated towards industrial and economic growth and CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) is helping the government in many such initiatives with great efficiency. Almost 20 industries have come from America (U.S.) to exhibit their products," said Chatterjee.
"I have asked them to emphasize on research and development, labour training, labour welfare and technology," he said.
"I request national and international investors to invest in the mining sector, which has a strong potential to contribute in the state as well as nationals economy," he said.
Twenty U.S. exhibitors are taking part in IMME this year.
"Accelerated growth in the mining of coal and other minerals will be important to boosting growth in the Indian economy," said U.S. consul-general Dean Thompson.
"Technology is a key component to India's ambitious growth plans in the mining sector. The United States is the world's largest producer of construction and mining equipment. American companies are recognized worldwide as producers of high quality, state-of-the-art products," he said.
"We are looking at the Indian market to export our technology and machinery as well as to sign partnerships with Indian firms. I am certain the IMME will continue to provide a robust platform for international exhibitors and Indian buyers to know each other," he said.