Overwhelming response from British, Scottish investors: Amit Mitra
London: "The best partnerships aren't dependent on a mere common goal but on a shared path of equality, desire, and no small amount of passion," these lines of Sarah MacLean seems to be the crux of the series of meetings that were held in London and Scotland respectively between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the industrialists there.
Highlighting Bengal as an emerging business destination, recovering from the rigours of 34-years of misrule by the erstwhile Left Front government, the Chief Minister was extremely passionate and proficient in her case studies which projected the sea changes that have been brought about by her government since she came to power in 2011.
Amit Mitra, state Finance minister also expressed immense satisfaction over the response of the British and Scottish businessmen who attended the meetings with the Chief Minister in the past one week.
Talking to newsmen here on Friday afternoon, Mitra said: "There was an overwhelming response from the investors. We have invited them to come to Bengal Global Business Summit scheduled to be held in January, 2018. They have shown interest in education, water purification and healthcare."
Mitra said Presidency University has already shown interest to collaborate with Edinburgh University in Life Science. "The Vice-Chancellor of Presidency University called up and has shown keen interest to collaborate in various fields of Life Science like Genetics. There will be joint research programmes and scholar exchange programmes."
Mitra said some firms have shown interest in water management like generation of electricity from tidal waves and supply of clean drinking water. "We have exchanged our views with them and their response is highly satisfactory," he maintained.
Edinburgh is developed in healthcare system and in two areas the businessmen present at the meeting had shown keen interest. "One is the training programme for nurses and the other is providing expertise through video conferencing of medical treatment and surgery. In remote areas, we can take help of this technology," he added.
The British and Scot businessmen had B2B meetings with their counterparts in India.
Mamata Banerjee had addressed the businessmen at FICCI UKIBC roundtable at St. James Court Hotel in London on Monday. Again on Thursday, she addressed Scottish businessmen who attended a meeting organised by the Scottish Development International in collaboration with Asia Scotland Institute and Edinburgh Chambers of Commerce. In both the meetings, Banerjee had argued strongly in favour of investing in Bengal. She had said that the economic scenario in Bengal had improved over the past few years and it is now the ideal destination for investment. She had explained to the businessmen and investors about the land use policies, industrial policies framed by Bengal government and assured that availability of land will not be a problem.
Industrialists from Bengal who shared their experiences about the ease of doing business in Bengal included Sanjiv Goenka, Sanjiv Puri, Tarun Jhunjhunwalla, OP Dhanuka, Keshav Bangar, Gautam Chatterjee, Sanjay Budhia, Rudra Chatterjee, Mayank Jalan, Sumit Dabriwal and Biswadeep Gupta.