Madhya Pradesh Delegation's Study Tour to China
3-9 August, 2012 : India China Economic and Cultural Council (ICEC) organized a Study Tour to China for the High level delegation from the state of Madhya Pradesh in August 2012.
The delegation was led by Mr. Gopal Bhargava, Honorable Minister of Panchayat and Rural Development, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh. The delegation comprised of senior officials from the same department, namely:
Mrs. Aruna Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner
Mr. L.M. Belwal, CEO, M.P. State Livelihood forum
Mr. Neeraj Mandloi, Commissioner, SEGC, Bhopal
Mr. H.P. Shivhare, Chief Engineer, Rural Employment Scheme
Mr. R.M. Goantia, Chief Engineer, Madhya Pradesh Rural Road Development Authority
The tour was undertaken with the primary objective of providing first hand learning and experience sharing by senior executives in the area of providing enhanced jump up to livelihood opportunities with increased income to rural population by means of
(i) Developing rural support infrastructure,
(ii) Marketing systems,
(iii) Governmental policy initiative
(iv) and various other interventions.
Spanning three cities, the delegation met with both Chinese government and rural leaders in an effort to learn from a success model of development. These meetings allowed the delegation to gather information on how to adapt technologies, business model and marketing strategies in their own state, following the successful Chinese models.
Starting in Guangzhou, the delegation met with officials from the department of fisheries of the Government of China. Here, they had an opportunity to discuss ways and means of improving the Indian fisheries and sericulture industry, using methods employed by the Chinese. Additionally, the delegation learnt ways of increasing rice and paddy production. The Chinese are currently ranked as the world highest per capita rice producers, producing 26% of the global production.
In Shenzhen, the second leg of the trip, the delegation had a chance to interact with the Guangdong industrial Cooperation Association (GICA). Through the association, the delegation visited the local furniture market and distribution center discussing adoptability of this industry in their own state. In the discussion, the association showed interest in increasing further relation with Madhya Pradesh by developing a common platform for future interactions. It was agreed that an industrial summit should be organized in October of this year. The summit will also include an exhibition, though at a later date.
The delegation’s last stop was Beijing where it was met by officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The delegation learnt and understood the ways by which China has developed it rural population by using modern technologies and notably ICT in Agriculture.
The meet resulted in an agreement between officials of either country on technology transfers and bilateral cooperation in the field of agricultural production as well as a promise of continuing discussions to improve the bilateral relationship between the state of Madhya Pradesh and China.