ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — More than 100 business leaders, educators and state officials will join Gov. Martin O’Malley’s trade mission to India, a trip the administration is touting as the largest in Maryland’s history and the first by a sitting Maryland governor.

Representatives from 43 businesses will accompany O’Malley and his wife on the six-day trip, which will include stops in
Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi. The goal is to raise awareness in India about economic opportunities for companies to pursue in Maryland, develop export opportunities and expand educational ties.

“This is a chance for the governor, again, to increase the awareness of Maryland among the senior corporate, government officials, leaders, in that country to encourage foreign direct investment,” said Robert Walker, assistant secretary of the state’s division of business and enterprise development, which is part of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

The group is scheduled to arrive in India on Nov. 28 and return Dec. 4. Maryland first lady Katie O’Malley, a Baltimore judge, will be visiting with court officials in hopes of creating a judicial partnership.

Walker said the company representatives will pay their own way.

Delegates Kumar Barve, D-Montgomery, Sam Arora, D-Montgomery, and Aruna Miller, D-Montgomery, are joining and will pay their own way.

Walker said the expense to the state has not yet been calculated.

“We can’t give you the cost now because we’re still finalizing cost for certain aspects of the mission,” Walker said.

Others expected to go on the trip are Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and University of Maryland President Wallace Loh.

O’Malley, a Democrat, will be promoting Maryland as an ideal location for businesses looking to have a U.S. presence, especially companies in the life sciences, cyber-security and information technology, and aerospace and defense industries.

O’Malley is scheduled to meet with several companies to discuss potential investment and projects in Maryland. The governor also is set to address three of India’s largest business organizations, including the Confederation of Indian Industries, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the All India Biotech Association.

The governor will also sign two sister state agreements between Maryland and India.

It will be O’Malley’s second trade mission as governor. He went to China, South Korea and Vietnam in June.

About 105,000 Maryland residents, or 3.5 percent of the state’s workforce, are employed by foreign-owned firms.

Companies headquartered in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Germany are the state’s top three foreign employers.

India was chosen for the trade mission in part because it’s expected to have the world’s third-largest economy in the coming decade, along with a rapidly expanding middle class seeking goods and services.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (12)
  1. robertryan says:

    OMalley will come back with a bag of curry powder & a bad case of the s…..t’s for his trouble meanwhile spending hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars that he just goosed us for by way of higher tolls. What a schmuck.

  2. Neil says:

    What a waste of money. He said on Face the Nation he cut 6.8 billion from our budget. Don’t forget the budget went up 11 percent last year.

  3. yousefthe giant says:

    The governor is a real ballsucker.

  4. MD VOTER says:

    He traveled to China, Vietnam and South Korea what was the outcome? Did Maryland benefit from these trips? Has our trade policy changed? Do we create more jobs from these trips? I could go on and on, but what’s the use. It apperars he loves to travel on our dime with no noticeable benefit to Maryland.

  5. Marty Bass' old hairpeice says:

    Just a Maryland taxpayer-funded padding to the “foreign policy” section in his resume, for when he ultimately runs for some position in D.C.
    This trip benefits nobody except for O’Malley.

    Bunch of f’ing idiots in this state keep electing him. You get what you deserve.

  6. robertryan says:

    Old hairpiece, Come to think of it, the Gov OMalley could use that rug as his hair is thinner than ice in 70 degree temps.

  7. amandy says:

    Yeah just eat up our tax money on a tip when there is no money at all.. I did not know he did a trip back in june & the outcome was. Lets not vote for him when he become the President. Look at what he did to this mess up state that he could do to the country. Where is the money coming from to pay this trip when maryland is all ready paying billions & millions on illegals that should not be here in the first place.

  8. HA HA HA says:

    He will probably take the few remaining call center left in the state.

  9. oscar says:

    Forty three businessmen err, campaign contributors you mean. What a classic junket trip this is & I would like to see complete transparency as to the cost of the taxpayers.

  10. Stupidity Rules says:

    He needs to go to India to buy more of those hideous ties.

  11. Debbie says:

    All his previous trips didn’t produce any results. Our state is known for being “business un-friendly” and this is just another waste of money.
    “the expense to the state has not yet been calculated” surprise surprise, just spend the money and worry about it later. He can always raise another tax to make sure is cronies has a fun trip. We certainly wouldn’t want him to be bothered with how to pay for it before he went.

  12. jim says:

    Well here goes my last DIME!!!! I will need to spend it on taxes, that will be raised when he gets back!!!!!!!

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