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Governor Haley, Indian Ambassador Rao Hope to Grow Business Relationship

Ambassador Nirupama Rao has been visiting South Carolina, spending time in both Columbia and Charleston. She said she would love to build a relationship that would bring more of India's business to South Carolina.

Gov. Nikki Haley is proud of her Indian heritage, but even more so of the country and the people working and living in the United States.

Haley said she wanted an opportunity to partner with India, since becoming governor, and now those talks are underway.

“As I became governor, what I saw was an opportunity — it’s an opportunity to partner with a country that continues to be strong when it comes to jobs and…in innovation," Haley said. "And so what I’ve asked is, ‘how do we get Indian companies to come and do business in South Carolina?’ I talked to the ambassador, and we are going to continue to talk.”

Ambassador to the United States Nirupama Rao, who has been visiting South Carolina for the last two days, met with Haley at the Statehouse yesterday.

“I am exceptionally happy to be here," Rao said in a release. "In the last two days, I’ve been to Charleston, and I’ve been here in Columbia, and I’ve had discussions with Gov. Haley and her team. We’ve looked at the ways to cement better relations between India and South Carolina. There are immense possibilities because this is really in many senses a time of awakening when it comes to India-U.S. relations. We have a number of Indian companies that do business in the United States, that have invested here, and what I’m going to try to do is to see that we have Indian companies come South Carolina. ”

Ken March 01, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Have to wonder how much lost tax money in the form of tax breaks that these "better relations" will cost our state. I also have to wonder what she is personally going to get out of this since she has shown over and over that she does not care about the people of this state.
Joe March 01, 2012 at 08:03 PM
what r u smoking? SC is booming! My goodness get your head out of your liberal underwear!
John H March 01, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Personally, I'd like to see if this plays out positively. I don’t agree with everything the Governor has done. As long as she does'nt actually gain personally from any deal that may be struck (which is illeagal and if there is any hard evidence, should be prosecuted). If it reshores some jobs lost i.e. tech support etc. let her go get them back. Secondly, incentives are what has lured jobs to SC for a long time. Why do you think BMW, and Boeing came here? Because we have a nice climate? If these enticements are commensurate with what other corporations negotiate and receive, then it is a good thing and a better tax revenue generator than zero new jobs.
Dr. John March 02, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Ken, Why do you hate women so much? Or is it just Indian people in general, or both?
Mimi March 06, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Nimrata best be trying to grow her workers relationship. The only people staying in this state are too poor to move. It must be terribly embarassing when the entire legistration votes against your nonsense Nimrata. South Carolina is at the bottom of every other state we have allowed this lunatic to turn us back into the slavery state. I am embarassed to live in this state and if my house would sell I would be out of here tomorrow. Pathetic that anyone would support this woman.

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