Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik Inaugurates the much- awaited ‘Make in Odisha Conclave 2018’

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister of Odisha, Mr Naveen Patnaik, today inaugurated one of the largest investment summits in India summit, ‘Make in Odisha Conclave 2018’ jointly organised with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at the Janata Maidan, Bhubaneswar.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by Japanese Ambassador to India Mr Kenji Hiramatsu, Mr Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL); Mr Kumar Mangalam Birla Chairman, Aditya Birla Group; Mr Anil Agarwal, Chairman of Vedanta Resources Plc; Mr Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons; Mr William P. Davis, Exxon Mobile; Mr T.K Chand, Chairman, National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO); Mr Satish Pai, CEO, Hindalco; Mr Ritesh Agarwal, CEO,OYO Rooms; Mr Anil Kumar, Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL); Mr Sajjan Jindal, MD, JSW Group; Mr Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, State Bank of India (SBI), Mr Sanjiv Puri, MD, ITC; Mr Naveen Jindal, Chairman, Jindal Steel; MR Ananta Das, Minister for Industries, Government of Odisha; Mr Aditya Prasad, Chief Secretary, Government of Odisha; Mr Sanjeev Chopra, Principal Secretary, Industries Department, Government of Odisha among other senior Government officials and delegates from several countries.

Addressing the conclave Mr Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha, 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 2018. We are also glad to have Japan, as our Country Partner, for this second edition of Make in Odisha. Odisha greets you all with an open heart and invites you to be partners in its growth story.

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 INR 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. 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 INR 2 Lakh 50 Thousand Crore and creation of 30 Lakh job opportunities in 6 identified focus sectors by 2025. We have recently launched a progressive Aerospace and Defence Manufacturing Policy 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 deep-water ports at Subarnarekha and Gopalpur, a riverine port on Mahanadi River and a chain of 12 other non-major ports. We have launched the Skilled-in-Odisha Mission to build an iconic global brand.

I am glad to announce that we have built an excellent 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 INR 1400 Crore project. More than one 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 last 18 months, 310 Start-ups have been registered and 40 of whom have already been provided with assistance. We aim to be among 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 six 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 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 interacting 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.

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.”

Mr Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary, Government of Odisha said, “We welcome all the guests who are present here at the moment. Under the able leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik and relentless work done by this Government over last few years, Odisha has emerged as a preferred investment destination not only in India but also across the world. We have taken significant steps of reforming key investment policies stating the intent of State Government to enhance growth in the state, encouraging innovation and sustainable development. We have focused on enhancing ease of interface for investors at Single Window Clearance system and Ease of Doing Business in Odisha, hence providing a welcoming experience to investors. Over the past few months, we have also conducted national roadshows in the country highlighting opportunities Odisha has to offer as a preferred investment destination. We have availability of raw materials, uninterrupted power supply, skilled workforce, among many other facilities and we invite you to explore these opportunities. We also thanks Japan who joined us as a country partner and is willing to work towards the economic development of the state.”

Mr Sanjeev Chopra, Principal Secretary, Industries Department said, “We are proud of what Odisha has achieved over past few years in terms of development through our sustained efforts. Out top focus has been grounding of projects, ensuring industries or organizations who have given their consent or intent to invest in Odisha receive all the required support in terms of clearances and implementation. Through our sustained efforts, 64 projects have seen ground-breaking or inaugurations in recent years. We have brought down the process time of single window clearance system to 20 days. We have also ventured into development of sectors and entered uncharted territories leading to holistic socio-economic development of the state. This included diversifying our manufacturing base, development of electronics sector, petro-chemicals sector, and food processing sector and so on. We also have developed skilled work force for all these industrial ventures. Paper less approval process has been put into practice and within a short span of less than one year around 470 proposals have been put into process. Driven by technology these projects are monitored by Hon’ble CM himself where he can check the progress on any project. We have five industrial parks and we are working towards development of National Investment & Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) at Kalinganagar. We have also provided digitized land bank of which is accessible not only in India but globally having around 1,20,000 acres of land available of interested investors. We have also developed platform called ‘Go Care’ where the CSR efforts of corporate and Government of Odisha are synchronized to implement sustainable projects and provide support to need base CSR activities.”

The conclave summit started with one of the key sessions ‘Business Leadership Summit’ where top executives shared their perspectives to inspire the next generation of promising leaders and entrepreneurs and shared their vision of doing business in Odisha.

Mr Sandip Somany, President – Elect, FICCI said, “FICCI Members have invested over Rs 2.5 lakh crore in Odisha in the last few years”. Mr Somany also commended the Odisha’s Ease of Doing Business efforts and its initiatives to promote new areas of business.

Mr Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) said, “I feel honoured today to be at MIO 2018. Today Odisha has been growing at 8% per annum, more than the national average under the dynamic leadership of Shri Naveen Patnaik. Reliance Jio is a committed partner in Make in Odisha vision and has already invested INR 6,000 crores in Odisha. At this moment, I proudly announce an additional investment of INR 3,000 crores in Odisha from Reliance Jio. We are on a mission to transform Odisha and we have created employment opportunities for 30,000 people in the last 2 years in Odisha. Jio has helped connect 43,000 villages in Odisha to the domestic and global network. For most of these villages, Jio has provided not only their first phone, but first TV, first Camera, and first internet and brought AI in their lives, at an affordable pricing of INR 100 per month. You will be glad to hear that per capita data consumption in Odisha is one of the highest in the country. We are working with the Government of Odisha for providing a digital platform for lakhs of women in the state to enhance their livelihood under project ‘Shakti’. We are committed to MIO through digital means and will contribute to make Odisha a globalized region in India.”

Mr Sanjiv Puri, MD, ITC, said, “Great pleasure to be here at MIO 2018, at yet another edition of this event. We wish this event is as successful as the previous version. I would like to congratulate Hon’ble CM by virtue of whose efforts Odisha has already become a vibrant state and a preferred investment destination. Investment friendly policies, good Governance, robust infrastructure, mineral resources and agriculture resources and access to the market has made Odisha a complete investment destination. ITC is committed to working together with Odisha in the socioeconomic development of the state.”

An MoU was signed between ITEES Singapore & Odisha Skills Development Authority to build upon the existing partnerships between both entities for skills development.

The five-day event will conclude on Thursday, November 15.

 

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