Chouhan invited industries and entrepreneurs to 'Make in Madhya Pradesh', drawing upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' campaign.

Chouhan addressed hundreds of Indian-Americans and key American lawmakers at the 'Friends of Madhya Pradesh Conclave' at the prestigious Lincoln Centre here on Sunday.

The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister is leading a delegation that includes his minister for Commerce, Industries and Employment Yashodhara Raje Scindia and senior state government officials on a five-day visit to US.

Welcomed by a rousing reception, Chouhan invited the business community to "Make in Madhya Pradesh" and assured them of a conducive environment for their growth as he launched the 'Friends of MP' initiative.

"Prime Minister Modi says Make in India. In Madhya Pradesh, I say 'Make in MP'," he said as he invited the diaspora and the American community to share their expertise and capabilities in IT, agriculture, business and social sectors.

Highlighting the economic, agricultural and infrastructure development in his state, Chouhan the state government has put in place policies that enable businesses to grow while at the same time providing critical basic amenities to its residents.

Giving an impassioned speech in Hindi, Chouhan said the state does not want to become complacent and welcomed ideas and suggestions to put Madhya Pradesh on a higher growth trajectory.

"I welcome you all with open arms. Use your talent and capability towards the progress of the country and your state. I am not just the Chief Minister but the CEO of the state and I assure you that you will not be disappointed," he said as he invited the Indian community to join the 'Friends of MP initiative'.

Joined by three US Congresswomen, Nita Lowey, Caroline Maloney and Yvette Clarke as well as India's Consul General Dnyaneshwar Mulay, Chouhan launched the initiative, which is a web-enabled platform that will allow interested individuals to share their suggestions and expertise in education, health, skill development, rural development and tourism.

Placing their hands on a giant globe set up on the stage, the dignitaries launched the initiative seen as further deepening ties between the two countries.

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