Chidambaram visits UK, France, Qatar to woo investors

New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Wednesday left on a three-nation visit to UK, France and Qatar, in a bid to sell the India-growth story and woo overseas investors.

During the five-day visit, Chidambaram will hold talks with industrialists, ministers and government officials in the three countries.

The finance minister will lead Indian side at the sixth ministerial India-UK economic and financial dialogue Thursday in London, according to an official statement released here.

British Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne will lead the UK side in the meeting at which the two countries are scheduled to discuss macro-economic issues, trade and investment related matters, infrastructure financing, insurance and pension sector reforms.

Chidambaram is accompanied by a delegation that include Shaktikanta Das, additional secretary in the department of economic affairs, Anand Sinha, deputy RBI governor; and Arvind Kumar, joint secretary in the department of financial services.

The finance minister is scheduled to hold discussions with secretary-general of OECD Angel Gurria and meet leading French investors in Paris Friday.

Chidambaram will be in Qatar for two days from May 18-19 where he will try to woo the Gulf investors.

He will meet Qatari finance minister Yousef Hussan Kamal and chief executive officer of Qatar Investment Authority and Qatari firms in Doha.

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