Business Leadership Summit kick-starts on second day of MIO 2018

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Bhubaneswar: The Plenary Session of Business Leadership Summit kicked off at Janata Maidan in Bhubaneswar on the second day of Make In Odisha Conclave 2018.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, leading industrialists Mukesh Ambani, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Naveen Jindal, Gautam Adani, and several other dignitaries graced the event.

JSW Chief Sajjan Jindal, Vedanta Group Chief Anil Aggarwal, Tata Sons Chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran are also present in the Plenary Session of Business Leadership Summit.

Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi welcomed the gathering at the MIO 2018.

Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “I am delighted to welcome our friends, the captains of business and industry from across India and the globe, who have come all the way to Odisha and join us in ‘Make in Odisha’.  We are also glad to have Japan, as our Country Partner, for this second edition of Make in Odisha. You are the quintessence of human endeavour for growth and prosperity.  Odisha greets you all with an open heart and invites you to be partners in its growth story. I hope you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay in the beautiful city of Bhubaneswar.”

“As I stand before you, I feel inclined to look back at the journey we have made as a modern State of India during last 80 plus years. Particularly, at a personal level I relate myself to the events, challenges, and milestones of the last two decades; the distances we have covered with our people in realizing our dreams,” Patnaik said.

“It has been a challenging journey and simultaneously been a fulfilling experience. It is so because during this period that we have been able to redefine our goals and ambitions, and have gathered our collective energy and collective will to transform Odisha into a happening State.

At this edition, I also look back to the first Make in Odisha Conclave in 2016 which was a huge success with 124 investment intents, worth more than Rs 2 lakh crore and employment opportunities for above one lakh people. You would be glad to know that about two-thirds of these projects are in various stages of implementation,” the Odisha CM said.

Patnaik further went on saying that Odisha is a leading State in the country in mineral production and processing.  Odisha is today, the Aluminium capital of South Asia, accounting for well over half of the country’s production, and is also the Steel Hub of India, contributing to about a quarter of the country’s steel production.

With a view to giving further impetus to certain key manufacturing sectors, we have laid down the Odisha Industrial Development Plan: Vision 2025 with a target of attracting investment of Rupees 2 Lakh 50 Thousand Crore and creation of 30 lakh job opportunities in 6 identified focus sectors by 2025, he said.

The Chief Minister said that a progressive Aerospace and Defence Manufacturing Policy has been launched by the State Government to capitalize on the competitive advantages of Odisha’s existing eco-system to attract investment in this high potential sector.

Targeting port-led development, we have been planning a chain of ports along the East Coast Economic Corridor.  Apart from Paradip and Dhamra, we are developing deepwater ports at Subarnarekha and Gopalpur, a riverine port on Mahanadi River and a chain of 12 other non-major ports, Patnaik said.

We have launched the Skilled-in-Odisha Mission to build an iconic global brand. We have been ranked number one by the Government of India for two consecutive years in the field of skill development.

I am glad to announce that we have built a world-class infrastructure – an 18-storeyed World Skill Centre – in Bhubaneswar. Odisha Skill Development Authority shall manage the World Skill Centre with technical support from ITEES, Singapore. This Centre will function as the centralized hub with all 71 Government ITIs as spokes for implementation of the Odisha Skill Development Project – an ambitious Rupees 1400 Crore project.  More than 1 lakh 50 thousand trainers and trainees will be trained in the next 4 years under this Project.

Odisha has one of the most progressive Start-up Policies.  During the last 18 months, 310 Start-ups have been registered and 40 of whom have already been provided with assistance. We aim to be among the top three start-up hubs in the country by supporting at least 1000 start-ups by 2020.  With 10 agro-climatic zones and a progressive Food Processing Policy, we offer immense opportunities in the food processing sector. We have also put in place a number of policy mechanisms to promote entrepreneurship in the Agriculture Sector.

In the MSME Sector, since 2014-15, more than 2 lakh 25 thousand MSMEs have “gone into production” providing employment opportunities to more than 6 lakh 70 thousand persons. Our exports have increased about a hundred times between 2001-02 and 2017-18, with a phenomenal compounded annual growth rate of 30 percent.

I am happy to announce that we have recently formulated a new Biotechnology Policy to build an optimal biotech ecosystem with comprehensive Government support.

We are setting up a greenfield Electronics Manufacturing Cluster and are also developing other facilities to provide an enabling environment to support electronics manufacturing and ICT industries. Odisha is the first State to rope in TiE, Silicon Valley, USA for investment in ESDM and IT sector.

With quality healthcare infrastructure and services on our priority agenda, my Government has joined hands with diverse stakeholders resulting in collaborations with a large number of hospital chains and healthcare providers. The largest public-private-partnership programme of the country in the Health Sector is now being rolled out in the State, entailing an investment of Rupees 1300 Crore across 25 locations.

With increased air connectivity and growth in the hospitality sector, Odisha is witnessing record footfalls of foreign tourists. You may be aware that we are hosting the Men’s World Cup Hockey here in Bhubaneswar in a few days from now. Odisha offers enormous investment opportunities in areas of hospitality, sports, and entertainment.

At this 2nd edition of the Make in Odisha Conclave, we look forward to interact with you all and deliberate upon the vast opportunities that Odisha offers and how we can work together towards developing Odisha as a Manufacturing Hub of South Asia.  I propose that each of the Industry Captains present here today, plan a long-term strategy for investment in the State over the next 10 years.  Dedicated teams will be appointed by my Government to handhold the implementation of your long-term plans.  I assure you of unmatched facilitation support from my Government.

The theme of Make in Odisha Conclave 2018 is “I am Odisha”, which celebrates all the successes of Odisha and her people. Let me share some of her success stories of the recent past I have been deeply associated with.

We have been able to lift some 8 million of our people above the poverty line; double the farmer’s household income in real terms in a decade; from being a food deficit State, we have emerged as the third largest contributor to the nation’s granary; we have constructed nearly 2 million houses within the last five years alone and are determined to convert all the remaining kuccha houses into pucca houses.

Drinking water and electricity, quality education and health care for all are the targets we have set for ourselves. Inclusive development has been the guiding philosophy of our growth story. While taking pride in our heritage, we are ensuring that our approach and outlook are modern. The Smart City tag to two of our cities is a testimony to this changing paradigm.

All this has been possible because of the determination of our people, and the faith and trust they have reposed in my Government. I take this opportunity to thank each and every citizen and congratulate them for their relentless efforts.

I invite the captains of the Global and Indian industry assembled here to become partners in this transformational journey and join us in our endeavour of securing a prosperous and sustainable future for all.

“Come,  Join the Juggernaut,” the Odisha CM concluded.

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