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Govt Chalks Roadmap For ‘Make In Odisha 2018’ Conclave


19 December 2017

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo


Bhubaneswar: Buoyed by the success of ‘Make In Odisha’ conclave held in the State Capital last year, the Naveen Patnaik-led Government has laid out a roadmap for the second edition of the event, scheduled in 2018, between December 11 and 15 in Bhubaneswar.

In 2016 December, the State Government managed to project a positive image of Odisha, with promises of new industries, jobs, faster economic growth and most importantly, investment assurances of a whopping Rs 2.03 crore at the Make In Odisha Conclave, which saw the participation of over 100 companies.

This time, in 2018, the Government aims at show-casing manufacturing ecosystem in Odisha, highlight investment avenues and elicit concrete investment intentions from the corporate houses.

Toeing in line with Naveen’s recent announcement about the event’s schedule, the top brass of State administration on Tuesday said that Make In Odisha 2018 will be organised in collaboration with Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Government of Odisha, various Industry Associations and Business Chambers.

The four-day event will include 13 key events including partner country seminars, Ambassador’s meet, sector-specific round table and exhibitions. There will be nine major sectoral sessions with specific investment proposals.

The prospective investors from USA, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Germany, Switzerland and other nations are likely to participate in the conclave.

A meeting, presided by Chief Secretary, Aditya Prasad Padhi, was held at the State Secretariat today to decide on the minutes of the programme. The Government has decided to organise pre-event investor reach-out activities, such as road shows at major metropolis.

Padhi directed his brigade to make the entire event ‘outcome oriented’. The investment attracting Departments have been advised to keep a blue print of possible investment proposals handy, for sharing with the investors.

Similar activities would be held at partner countries and agencies. A four-layered preparatory and coordination committee will be setup to administer seamless organisation of the mega event.

Among others, Development Commissioner, R Balakrishnan, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Asit Tripathy, Principal Secretary (Industry) Sanjiv Chopra, Principal Secretary (MSME) LN Gupta, Principal Secretary (Finance) Tuhin Kanta Pandey, Principal Secretary (Tourism) Mona Sharma and senior officials were present at the high level meeting.