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Banerjee to leave for Rome tomorrow

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will leave tomorrow for a week-long visit to Germany and Rome to attend Mother Teresa’s canonisation ceremony and meet potential investors.

The Trinamool Congress supremo has already clarified that she is not part of the central government’s official delegation to the Vatican City for the ceremony on Sunday but is going as a guest of Kolkata-based Missionaries of Charity which was founded by Mother Teresa.

Banerjee said there is a lot of business potential in Italy, specially in the jewellery sector, while Munich has a lot to offer in the manufacturing sector.

She will be accompanied by businessmen, top government officials and ministers, including Finance and Industry Minister Amit Mitra, to the business meetings.

Two apex chambers of commerce and industry from Germany have invited Banerjee to visit with a business delegation.

Rome’s first woman mayor Virginia Raggi has invited Banerjee to a special reception during her visit to Vatican City.

She is scheduled to return to Kolkata on September 10.

“In my absence the ministers and officials will take the call if there is any emergency,” Banerjee said.