Address by Consul General Zheng Xiyuan on the Inauguration Ceremony of the 2nd Phase of Haier Appliances (India) Company in Pune
2017/11/16
 

Hon'ble Chief Minister, Shri. Devendra Fadnavis,

Minister of Food & Civil Supply, Consumer Protection, Food & Drug Administration, Guardian Minister of Pune, Shri Girish Bapat,

Current member of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra, Shri Pacharne Baburao Kashinath,

Vice Chairman of Board & Managing Director of Haier Group, Mr. Liang Haishan,

 

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen!

 

Namaste!

 

Two Years ago it was a great honor for me to accompany Shri Fadnavis to Qingdao, China, where Haier established its first factory and headquarter more than three decades ago. During the visit, Mr. Liang Haishan was awarded Letter of Investment(LoI) by the Chief Minister, and both sides signed a MOU on enlarging the scale of Haier Company in Pune. The seeds sowed then have now finally yielded fruitful results. I would sincerely congratulate Your Excellency Mr. Fadnavis, Mr. Liang and Haier group India for the completion and operation of the second phase of Haier Company in Pune on behalf of the Chinese government.

 

For last two decades Haier has been a pride brand of China's home appliances industry. According to the latest data released by Euro Monitor, the sales volume of Haier in 2016 accounted for 10.3% of the global market. Haier was therefore ranked as No. 1 home appliances brand in the world. Besides, Haier purchased GE Appliances by USD 5.6 billion in June 2016, further strengthening its unshakable leadership globally .

 

As we all know,  Pune is the most important hub of "Make in Maharashtra". Under the determined and effective leadership of Hon'ble Chief Minister, Make in Maharashtra has achieved a swift and giant progress over the past three years. This has made Maharashtra a Shining Star in the process of  "Make in India". In the meantime, lots of Chinese enterprises have also actively participated in this development strategy. As of now, more than 15 large-scale Chinese enterprises have invested and operated in Pune, including SANY, Shandong Heavy Industries and Zoomlion, etc., which altogether add 4000 jobs directly. Nowadays, some new large and medium projects by Chinese companies are seeking locations in Maharashtra, and if they are realized, another  4,000 new jobs would be increased again by 2018. So, my dear Friends, if our bilateral relationship could remain stable, it is then undoubted that Chinese investment would create more than 1 lakh job opportunities by  the year 2022 across  India.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, the 19th National Congress of Communist Party of China was held last month. And here I would like to share with you two key phrases. One is "beautiful life". What is the meaning of Beautiful Life? It is the feeling of watching your kids enjoying the Ice cream, it is the feeling of enjoying cool air in the hot summer, and it is the feeling of believing tomorrow is better than today.  And Haier is making such kind of efforts.  Second is "To create a community of shared future for mankind". In this globalized era, there is no single country that could only make a beautiful life for its own people, we need to face with and overcome difficulties together instead. What is the role of Haier Company in this regard? It vividly demonstrates a wonderful spirit of creating a win-win model. We would like to carry forward this spirit under the guidance of Hon'ble Chief Minister and make greater contributions to the friendship between Chinese and Indian people for a long term.

 

Thank you all!

 

Jay Maharashtra! Jay Hind! Jay China!

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