Letter to Governor of State of Georgia, USA

Your Excellency,

Greetings from Government of Karnataka.

I would like to draw your kind attention towards the meeting of the delegation led by Mr.Padgett Wilson, Chief Operating Officer, Georgia Department of Economic Development with Mr.S.V.Ranganath, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka in Bangalore.

During the meeting various issues to increase the co-operation between Georgia and Karnataka were discussed and we are keen to strengthen the ties between the two states.

A number of companies from Karnataka like Infosys, Wipro etc. have their base in Atlanta. We would like the relationship between the two States to grow.

The State of Karnataka has now been recognized as amongst the fastest growing states within the Indian federal structure. The India’s global capabilities in Information Technology had their first beginnings in Karnataka, which today account for more than 40% of the total software services exports from India-earning it the sobriquet, “The Silicon Valley of India”.

Apart from its obvious strengths in the IT and ITES space, Karnataka in recent times has seen considerable investments in manufacturing and R&D. The capital city of Bangalore is home to global R&D centres of companies such as Akzo-Nobel, Nokia-Siemens and GE, in addition to a large number of government R&D laboratories such as the National Aerospace Laboratories. Institutes of Excellence like IISC, IIIT lead the way in creating a large talent pool for our State.

Capitalizing on these excellent human and natural resources, the State has unveiled a succession of progressive, industry-friendly policies. To showcase these and the state’s potential for attracting investment across a variety of sectors, the Government of Karnataka is organizing Global Investors Meet (GIM) in June 2012 at Bangalore.

This is aimed at giving an opportunity for investors to explore potential investment options and benefits of partnering with us, and undertaking investments in the state, especially in several sectors which have immense untapped potential.

It is my pleasure to invite the State of Georgia to join us as a partner State for the GIM which would strengthen the ties between two States. It is also requested to bring a business delegation to this event which would be mutually beneficial.

We look forward to your favourable response.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

Sd/-

(B.S. Yeddyurappa)