Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is leading a delegation on
20th June to visit Rome and Dubai. The World Food Program (WFP) has
extended an invitation to Mr.Patnaik to visit its Headquarters in Rome
and share the transformative initiatives of Odisha in the field of
food security and disaster management.
From being dependent on others for its food security, Odisha has
transformed itself into a food surplus state adding to the country’s
public distribution system. From the severe loss faced during the
super cyclone of 1999, Odisha is now a model in disaster management
acknowledged by the United Nations.
Mr.Patnaik will meet the Executive Director of WFP Mr. David Beasley
and the senior leadership of WFP. He will have detailed discussions on
Odisha’s partnership with WFP and future projects which will further
help the state in ensuring food security in a sustainable manner.
During his stay in Rome, Chief Minister Patnaik will meet His Holiness
Pope Francis in The Holy See, Vatican.
Chief Minister will also meet the Odia diaspora from various parts of
Europe. He will discuss the possible ways to engage with the diaspora
in promoting the art and culture of Odisha and also enabling them to
partner in the State’s transformational journey.
On his way back, Mr.Naveen Patnaik will meet the Investors from Middle
East and adjoining regions in Dubai. He will extend an invitation to
the potential investors to come and invest in Odisha and assure them
all the support and facilitation by the State Government. He will also
have one-on-one meetings with some big investors from the region. A
high level industrial delegation from Odisha will also be present
during the investors meet for possible partnerships with the foreign
Chief Minister will meet the Odia Diaspora from the Middle East in
Dubai and discuss with them Odisha’s transformational journey over the
last two decades and invite them to partner with the State government.
The delegation includes Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra, Secretary to
CM (5T) V K Pandian, Principal Secretary Food and Civil Supplies V V
Yadav, Principal Secretary Industries Hemant Sharma, Resident
Commissioner in New Delhi Ravi Kant.