The US Consul General Judith Ravin in Chennai made a “virtual” visit to several prominent persons and organizations in the capital Kerala on Tuesday.
The virtual visit was organized to explore cooperation between the United States and Kerala on issues ranging from mitigating climate change to fighting COVID-19, according to a notice issued by the U.S. consulate. âDespite the challenges of traveling through COVID-19, it is important that we interact with our friends and partners in Kerala. My virtual visit to Thiruvananthapuram fostered United States relations with this important state and addressed key issues of common concern.
âThe one-day virtual visit gave me an insight into Kerala’s cultural heritage, socio-economic development, pluralistic ethos and a strong tradition of tolerance and inclusion. Today I am richer with more ideas to promote interpersonal and institutional partnerships between Kerala and the United States, âRavin said in the press release.
During her virtual visit, modeled on similar trips organized for U.S. Secretary of State AntonyBlinkento to Canada, Mexico and Kenya, she was briefed on the Kerala development model and the state’s focus on traditional and emerging sectors such as tourism, information technology and space technology, Innovation, Coastal Infrastructure and Service Sector.
She was also taken on a virtual tour of the Kerala government’s Technopark, the largest information technology park in India, where she met representatives from various US and Indian IT companies to learn about the current business environment in the state.
Afterwards, the Consulate General (CG) met with the alumni and trainers of the consulate’s English Access Microscholarship (Access) program, which was run in collaboration with the Women’s Muslim Association and the Loyola College Society to provide language skills for students ages 13-20.
The CG also met prominent female leaders from academia, entertainment, entrepreneurship, and the NGO sectors and discussed women’s issues, the growth of women’s movements in Kerala, and government initiatives promoting women’s empowerment, gender equality and equality, it said.
She was shown a presentation on prominent historical landmarks of Thiruvananthapuram, their connection with the city’s heritage and impact on what is now Thiruvananthapuram and Kerala.
Consul General Ravin also interacted with members of the Travancore royal family, the statement said.
The visit ended with a lively cultural performance by artists from the MargiCentre for Kathakali and Koodiyattaman Theater Arts School and DasyamDance Institute performing Koodiyattam, Kathakali and Mohiniyattam, it said. PTI HMP SS PTI PTI
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