Bhubaneswar, 13/12/2017 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty )- : The Start-Up Odisha initiative has been working towards facilitation of start-ups, targeting to make Odisha amongst top three Start-up Hubs by 2020, emphasised Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while inaugurating the 21st Enterprise Odisha organised by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) at IDCO Exhibition Ground here on Wednesday.
Highlighting that Odisha’s Vision 2025 envisions attracting Rs 2.5 lakh crore of new investments and generating 30 lakh jobs for its citizens, the Chief Minister said, “Our focus has also been on development of enabling Industrial Infrastructure in relatively less industrially developed districts of Odisha. Flagship initiatives of our government like skilled-in-Odisha have ensured that the industrial work force in Odisha is skilled with the latest tools, techniques and technologies for enhanced employability.”
“Out of 124 investment intents received in 2016, 76 proposals are at various stages of implementation. The next edition of the Make in Odisha Conclave will be organized from November 11 to November 15, 2018. The conclave would not just be another investors’ meet, but will also be a platform for the best minds to meet, exchange ideas and explore business opportunities in the State. I invite all of you to work with the Government of Odisha in organising the Conclave and participate in the various events during the conclave”, the CM added.
In her address, Deputy Chairperson, CII Eastern Region Jagi Mangat Panda described Enterprise Odisha as a dedicated platform for promoting the state in the industrial space. She said, “Enterprise Odisha is the B2B and B2C platform that has been created to promote synergistic alliances of all the stakeholders with an intention to project the potentials and opportunities of Odisha to the rest of the nation and the world. With all major corporate houses and government institutions lending support and taking part, Enterprise Odisha has evolved into one of the biggest industrial shows in the state. Over the past 21 years, Enterprise Odisha has grown into a powerful platform for showcasing products, connecting businesses and educating civil society about the role industries.”
Chairman, CII Odisha State Council Dr T K Chand said, “In the past three decades, CII Odisha has been actively promoting industrialization in the state by playing a pro-active role by partnering Industry, the Government and civil society through advisory and consultative process.”
Vice Chairman, CII Odisha State Council Arun Misra thanked the state government, the sponsors, exhibitors, partners and the media for their support, without which it would not have been possible for us to organize Enterprise Odisha 2017.
Among others, MSME Minister Prafulla Samal, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, MSME Additional Chief Secretary L N Gupta, Industries Department Principal Secretary Sanjeev Chopra and Regional Director, CII East & North East Nita Karmakar were present on the occasion.