Kolkata: State minister for Finance, Industry and Commerce Amit Mitra will inaugurate the 5th North Bengal Conclave that will be held in Siliguri on December 5. State Tourism minister Gautam Deb and North Bengal Development minister Rabindra Nath Ghosh are also expected to be present at the conclave which will host a series of B2B meetings between industry members from Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and those from Darjeeling, Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Malda, Dakshin Dinajpur and Uttar Dinajpur. The event is being organised by CII North Bengal Zonal Council.
"The Conclave will see all stakeholders come together under one roof and our aim is to turn huge investment opportunities that North Bengal holds, into a reality," said Rajiv Lochan, Chairman, CII North Bengal Zonal, Council & CEO, Lochan Tea Ltd. "We expect some important investment announcements will be made during the Conclave," he added. According to Lochan, the region offers a wide variety of options to big and small investors and entrepreneurs in sectors such as manufacturing, tourism, tea tourism, real estate, healthcare, education, agriculture & floriculture, food processing and IT & BPO.
He also said in the run-up to the North Bengal Conclave, CII, in association with West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) has organised road shows in eight districts in the region that also served as forums for CII to invite industry members to take part in the upcoming Bengal Global Business Summit in January 2018.
North Bengal's strength is its strategic location, said Anand Mittal, Vice Chairman, CII North Bengal, Zonal Council & Director PCM Tea Processing. "It shares international borders with three South Asian countries - Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh and shares state borders with Assam, Sikkim and Bihar. It is also known as the gateway to the North East and serves as a corridor to China and some South-East Asian countries like Myanmar and Thailand," Mittal added.
"Aligning with the activities of the Bengal government, CII North Bengal works closely with several state government departments. North Bengal Conclave is a focussed attempt to highlight the potential of the region and convince prospective investors of the long-term reward they can reap by investing their money in a range of sectors," he added.