Goa can be port facilitator for Central Asia: Srivastava


PANAJI: The Chief Secretary R K Srivastava on Wednesday suggested to senior journalist’s delegation from Central Asian countries, that Goa can be a good port facilitator besides Mumbai to navigate goods to landlocked countries of Central Asia.

The delegation who is in India under Familiarisation Programme organized by the External Publicity Division, Ministry of External Affairs, called on the Chief Secretary at Secretariat. The nine member delegation consists of journalists from the countries like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

While addressing the delegation, Srivastava appealed to the delegation to spread awareness in their countries among the industrialists, to invest in Goa. Focusing on tourism in Goa, besides the old temples, churches and other architecture, the chief secretary said that Goa being an international tourist destination, tourists have been visiting the state from Russia, Europe and other parts of the world in large numbers.

Nikhil Desai, Managing Director of Goa Tourism Development Corporation, presented power point presentation on Goa including tourism, festivals, plantation and forest as well as wild life.

Rajnikant, Section Officer of External Publicity Division, welcomed the delegation. The Secretary of Information and Publicity, Sudhir Mahajan and other officials were present during the interaction.

Later on, the delegation also called on the Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar at the Assembly complex and interacted on various issues.