Singapore based businessmen have shown keen interest to invest in Bengal at an international meet held in Singapore by the Bengal national Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The meet was held to spread the message of Biswa Bangla of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to woo businessmen to invest in the state. The meet was held in association with the Bengali Association, Singapore and the St Xavier’s College Alumni Association, Singapore chapter. It was inaugurated by father Felix Raj, principal of St. Xavier’s College at the college premises on August 24.
Asim Bag, founder and managing director of Examat Pte Limited has shown keen interest to set up a state of the art materials testing and consulting laboratory in Kolkata especially in New Town. The laboratory in order to become fully functional requires around 10,000 square feet area and should be near the airport. The company will soon approach the state government for allotment of land. The company expects huge investment in SME sector and will generate investment. Pratima Tripathi, deputy High Commissioner of India in Singapre was present at the meet. The industrialists showed special interest in hospitality industry and eco tourism. They said Bengal had tremendous potential as a destination for eco tourism.
Apart from Sunderbans, Tajpur, the proposed site for a port can be a potential eco tourism spot. Hospitality industry is coming up in Bengal in a big way and apart from opening five star hotels in Kolkata and increasing the accommodation in the existing ones, hotel owners are interested to open resorts in the rural areas. With better connectivity, the resorts have bright future. It may be mentioned that tourism in Jhargram has received a major boost because of peace in West Midnapore and improved road connectivity. Singapore film society Darpan has decided for screening of Shankhacheel , a film produced by Satyam Roychowdhury in November.
Ritwik Das of BNCCI hoped that the meet would fetch investment. The pro industry steps taken by the state government was appreciated by those who were present.