Ahmedabad/Bhubaneawar, August 9: The Odisha Government in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), hosted an investors’ meet in Ahmedabad on Monday to showcase the State’s investment potential in the textile, metal, metal downstream, chemical, and various other sectors.
Industries and MSME Minister Pratap Keshari Deb, Department Secretary Hemant Sharma,
Dr Omkar Rai, Executive Chairman, Start-up Odisha, Md. Sadique Alam, Director of Industries-Odisha, Geeta Goradia, Chairman of FICCI-Gujarat State Council, and senior officials from the Industries Department & IPICOL attended the investors meet, which was attended by over 150 delegates, representing various industries from across Gujarat.
Addressing the gathering Minister Pratap Keshari Deb highlighted the fact that because of bundant natural resources and metal ecosystem advantage, Odisha has become a preferred location for enterprises in the metal and allied sectors.
“Odisha produces 34.3 percent of the country’s total mineral output and is the leading producer of chromite, nickel, bauxite, manganese, and iron ore. The state government is promoting a Petroleum, Chemical, and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) in Paradip, with IOCL as the anchor tenant,” said Deb.
Another priority area for our state is food processing sector, which includes seafood processing as well. Odisha has a 480-kilometer coastline and three fully functional ports at Paradip, Gopalpur, and Dhamra that connects the state to global trade channels, added the Minister.
The Minister informed that the Government of Odisha will host the third edition of the “Make in Odisha Conclave” from November 30, 2022 to December 4, 2022 and extended invitation to all industry leaders to visit Odisha and see for themselves what Odisha has to offer.
One-to-one “Business to Government (B2G) meetings” were also organised to initiate and sustain heart to heart dialogue with the industry and relevant Industry associations, to understand the underlying sentiments and address the same.
In line with such noble thoughts, the Government of Odisha team met five industry associations, including marquee names like FICCI, Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry, GESIA, Gujarat Dyestuff Manufacturers Associations and Indian Laminates Manufacturers Associations. In addition to these associations, the delegation from the Government of Odisha also met 19 individual industry captains, which included many household names.