Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam will be visiting the United States between November 8 and 17 where he will receive an award from a Chicago-based group, as well as interact with Tamil diaspora. This comes over two months after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami had visited the United States, United Kingdom and Dubai to woo investors.
The AIADMK Coordinator will be awarded the 'Rising Star of the Year, Asia' award by an organisation called the American Multi-Ethnic Coalition. The US-based group describes itself as a 'bipartisan grassroot level organisation to empower the ethnic communities through social, educational, health, cultural and political initiatives.' Recently, AIADMK spokesperson and former state Minister Vaigaichelvan had celebrated the birth anniversary of BJP founder Syama Prasad Mukherjee in Chicago with the group. BJP Kisan Morcha National Vice President Shankar Gowda Patil was also present for the celebrations in July.
The Deputy Chief Minister is also expected to participate in a program organised by the Indian American Business Coalition as well as the American Tamil Entrepreneurs group. This visit, too, is aimed at wooing industrial investment, as per a statement from the leader's office. Panneerselvam will also tour Houston, Washington DC and New York.
In September, Chief Minister Palaniswami had visited London and signed agreements with healthcare service providers in the city. He also visited the Emergency Operations Centre of the London Ambulance Service and its call centres to study the model of response to emergency calls, which is expected to be implemented in Tamil Nadu. He also visited Suffolk to know more about the renewable energy industry and the pricing strategy that could be adopted for the sector. After a short stay in the US, he stopped over at Dubai for a business investors’ meet, which was jointly organised by the Indian Embassy, the Business Leaders Forum and the United Arab Emirates.