The LDF Government in Kerala, which rolled out the red carpet for Sharjah ruler Dr Sheik Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, has put forward a dossier of seven-point co-operation agenda before the visiting dignitary. This includes a proposal for Rs 50,000-crore investment in the state’s infrastructure sector across the next four years. The Sultan is on a five-day visit to Kerala, on the invitation of state’s CM Pinarayi Vijayan. At the meeting with the Sharjah Sultan at Kerala Raj Bhavan with governor P Sathasivam, Vijayan and his Cabinet-members have mooted areas of co-operation between the two regions, including state’s investment in Sharjah. The projects and suggestions centred around seven specific areas, according to a statement from CMO, here.
“Kerala envisages Rs 50,000-crore investment in infrastructure in the next four years. IT and tourism are key drivers of the state’s economic growth. The state government would count on the co-operation and participation of Sharjah in the future projects for infrastructure development,” says the dossier put forward to the Sharjah Sultan. Another proposal is for a family city of 10 apartment towers in Sharjah, with state-of-the-art healthcare facilities as a joint venture between the Sharjah and Kerala governments. In yet another venture for quality education, Kerala would like to set up centres of excellence comprising of public schools, engineering college, medical college and skill-enhancement training centres of international quality in Sharjah. In view of the Kerala diaspora in Sharjah, the state proposes to set up a cultural centre in Sharjah, showcasing history, art and craft of Kerala, comprising of exhibition facilities. This cultural centre will also house the state’s Ayurveda hub. This would link Ayurveda and medical tourism packages to Kerala. The Pinarayi Vijayan government points out that in the IT sector, the current facilities in the state are competent to provide back-office support to the Sharjah government and to the major companies in Sharjah.