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Bengal Global Business Summit from Jan 7

Three-day Bengal Global Business Summit 2016 will be held at Mila Mela ground from January 7 to 9.

Chief Minister Mamata Banrjee will inaugurate the meet on January 7. Four union ministers Arun Jaitley (finance), Nitin Gadkari (road and transport), Piyush Goel (coal) and Suresh Prabhu (railways) will be present on the occasion. The Prime Minister of Bhutan has been invited to attend the conference. Over 150 foreign delegates are likely to attend the meet which has been jointly organised by the state government and West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC).

The investments in the fields of urban infrastructure, housing, MSME and textiles are the areas of special interest. Because of the Chief Minister’s initiatives, muslin has been brought back to its past glory. The weavers have been given protection and muslin is now a thriving business in the state. From saris to modern Kutrti and even bed lines and pajamas made of muslin are found in Bishwa Banga shop and state-run emporiums. Senior state government officials said that textile and hosiery industries have a bright future in the state.

Transport sector is likely to fetch investment as the connectivity has gone up due to widening and strengthening of roads and even connectivity by air is of special significance. The Kolkata- Andal-Delhi flight service has received tremendous response from the people.

Tourism and hospitality sector has received a boost from the state government in the last one year. It may be mentioned that all the tickets in the newly introduced Kolkata-Digha helicopter service have been booked. The schemes to develop tourism surrounding gaur which was once the capital and Bishnupur are on the offing. The helicopter service to Malda and Raigunj is likely to boost tourism.

In 2016 meet, Banerjee will share her thoughts with the entrepreneurs. Special stress will be given on skill development. The possible investment in IT software and hardware, food processing, horticulture and floriculture will also be discussed.   

There is a proposal to set up a design hub in West Bengal. The experts from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad will be present at the conference.

The investors had turned their back towards West Bengal because of bandhs called by the erstwhile Left Front government and poor work culture. After coming to power, Mamata Banerjee has sent a clear message to the investors that the state government is not in favour of bands. Also, work culture in government offices has gone up due to the periodic administrative meetings held by the Chief Minister in the city and in districts.

With availability of land, cheap labour and improvement in infrastructure, the global met in likely to woo the investors, senior state government officials said.
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