In order to strengthen friendly ties and promote mutual understanding, the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Canton of Zurich signed a letter of intent, which also aims to achieve mutual prosperity and development. The agreement will further strengthen economic and scientific relations between the two governments in the areas such as Information and Communication Technology, Environmental Technology, Life Sciences and Urban and Regional Development. The agreement was signed in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu by Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and Government Counselor Minister Carmen Walker Spah for sister state relation. This will bring the State of Andhra Pradesh and Canton of Zurich closer and ensure that a framework is created which supports the exchange between both the parties. The agreement will also promote collaborations between the governments through exchange of experiences and information, devising of joint cooperation plans, industry-specific programmes and projects, establishment of joint expert groups and work, implementation skill development of an educational nature and regular expert level consultations.