A Chinese delegation comprising senior ministers and dignitaries will meet chief minister Mamata Banerjee on 5 November and explore the potential for Chinese investment in the state.
Earlier, this year, state industry minister Amit Mitra visited China and showcased the development in infrastructure and power situation of the state which is necessary for investment. It is learnt that a Chinese delegation may attend the Bengal Business Summit in January 2016.
The chief minister is going on a three-day tour to North Bengal starting from 2 November and on her return from North Bengal on 5 November, she would meet the Chinese delegation. She would go to Mal, Cooch Behar and Jaigoan - to hold meetings on public distribution system and will also hold administrative meetings in Jaigoan, near Bhutan border.
Recently a seven-member team from Singapore met state urban development officials and showed interest in various smart city projects, especially that of New Town.
The state government has asked the delegation to see if they could form a consortium to assist the government for the smart city projects. The state is also planning to stage a road show in Singapore to promote the smart city projects.
Before going to North Bengal, the chief minister would visit Junglemahal for three days starting from 28 November.
A senior party leader said, 'her regular visits to the Hills and Junglemahal have helped to restore peace in the areas.'
Miss Banerjee said that she would begin her dream project "Sabuj Sathi' distribution of cycles to all school children. "I will start the pilot project from Bandowan in Purulia just before the Jaggadhatri Puja. Earlier, we used to distribute cycles to minority, schedule caste and schedule tribe girl students but now the cycles will be distributed to all students,' she added.
The delegation will explore the potential for Chinese investment in the state.