Patna: Impressed with the turnaround in governance in Bihar, US Assistant Secretary
(South and Central Asian Affairs) Robert Blake on Saturday announced that American firms would invest in Bihar and a trade delegation from the US will visit the state early next year.

Blake, who is on a two-day visit to Bihar, said the US will help the state by guaranteeing investment in all the priority sectors.

Lauding Nitish’s efforts, Blake said, “I am impressed with progress, improvement in law and order and control of crime and corruption in Bihar.”

Earlier, Blake discussed the opportunities in agriculture, food processing, energy, education and creation of job avenues with Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

Blake informed Modi that US firms like Walmart are eager to invest in Bihar, adding “Now Bihar has responsive and most efficient administration for ensuring growth.”

The US Assistant Secretary revealed that he would highlight the state's growth trajectory in the US-India Business Council and would try to send a delegation to explore the possibilities for investments in these sectors either this year or early next year.

“The trade delegation will also discuss transfer of technology and improvement in quality education,” he said.

Blake informed that to extend cooperation and improve the bilateral ties between India and the US, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to visit India in July.