CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurated Odisha MSME International Trade Fair-2018


Bhubaneswar: Promotion and growth of MSMEs has been the top most priority of the Government, said Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik while inaugurating the International MSME Trade Fair,2018 and Entrepreneurship Week with focus on Food Processing. He was delighted to note that more than 300 MSMEs and 30 Startups  are participating in the Trade Fair. Besides 30 entrepreneurs from Iran, South Korea & Bangladesh are participating for the first time in the Trade Fair. He welcomed them all to explore business opportunities in Odisha.  Sh. Patnaik stated that more than 3.12 lakh MSM enterprises have been established in the state with a cumulative investment of more than Rs.15,300 crore. They are providing employment to over 13 lakh persons. He added that investment promotion in the MSME and Food Processing sector remains a focus area of the government and informed that altogether 336 projects worth Rs.1796 crore have been approved by District Level Single Window Committees since April, 2015. He wished all the international participants, industry associations, entrepreneurs and startups all the very best for their business promotion and entrepreneurial endeavours.
Speaking on this occasion, Sh. Prafulla Samal, Minister MSME, W&CD and SSEPD stated that development of MSMEs and provision of a conducive eco-system for their development remains our focus. Not only through the newly declared policies for MSME and Food Processing Sectors, but also with the help of credit mobilisation to MSMEs, Govt. is assisting the entrepreneurs.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Industries and Higher Education expressed happiness on organisation of the International MSME Trade Fair and participation of international delegates. He added that state provides congenial environment to the entrepreneurs for setting up their industries in the state and requisite framework for ease of doing business. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Arun Kumar Panda, Secretary, MSME, GoI congratulated the state government for organizing the Odisha MSME International Trade Fair and taking steps for growth of MSMEs in the state. He assured to extend all cooperation for the growth of MSMEs of Odisha through cluster funding ZED, GeM and Digital Marketing.  On this occasion, Shri L.N. Gupta, ACS, MSME informed that the trade fair is having more than 350 stalls divided into 06 pavilions. Pavilion-1 is the international pavilion for the international exhibitors and CPSUs. Pavilion-2 is earmarked for food processing & sea food MSME units and 70 food processing units are participating in the fair. Pavilion-3 is earmarked for the MSMEs led by women and ST/SC Entrepreneurs. 30 numbers of ST / SC and 60 numbers of Women Entrepreneurs  have put up their stalls in this pavilions. Similarly, Pavilion-4 displays the product of  MSMEs working in Engineering & allied sector and Pavilion-5 showcases products of exporters. Besides, CPSUs like NALCO, IOCL, Ordinance Factory; State PSUs like OMC, GRIDCO, IPICOL, Central Organisations namely, MPEDA, Coir Board, QCI and GeM are participating in the Trade Fair.
On the sidelines of MSME Trade Fair, seminars on the MSME related topics namely “Credit & Marketing Linkage to MSMEs & Exporters” on the 6th March, “Boosting MSME Business through ZED, GEM, IPR and Digital Marketing” on the 7th March, “Development of MSMEs with Focus on Women and ST/SC Entrepreneurs /Startups” on the 8th March, “Potential of Food Processing in Odisha with Focus on Packaging” on the 9th March and “Mission-1000 Startups-Way Forward” on the 10th March are also being organised for the benefit of MSMEs, innovators and startups of the State.