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Stage Set For Flagship Biennial Global Investors' Summit “Make in Odisha Conclave 2018” From Nov 11-15

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10 November 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: Stage is all set for Odisha Government’s flagship biennial global investors' summit “Make in Odisha Conclave 2018” here in the smart city from tomorrow to November 15 at Janata Maidan here. The State machinery has put its shoulder to the wheel of this juggernaut to make it a watershed moment in Odisha's industrialization journey.

On the eve of the mega event, Odisha Industries Minister Ananta Das informed media, “The Expo will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister at 5 pm tomorrow. Day after tomorrow at 10.30 am, the Conclave will be inaugurated. Most of the important persons both from India and abroad associated with industry will be present at the inaugural function. 10-15 prominent industrial captains like Aditya Birla will address the inaugural session. Mukesh Ambani is also gracing it.”

“An event like this has never happened in eastern India. It is the pride of Odisha and hope as well faith of its 4.5 crore people. If Odisha’s industrialization improves, obviously India will also improve,” he remarked adding, “Around 800 reprentatives are expected to join this mega event.”

Odisha Industry Secretary Sanjeev Chopra has already claimed that the Conclave is going to be a watershed moment in Odisha's industrialization journey and at a scale that has not been seen before in the State as the response from investor community has been very encouraging. He has even stated that it is going to be the biggest ever business event in the country.

He has also stated that the objective of the conclave is not only to get investments, but also to showcase the State in its entirety because the people outside Odisha lack the desired idea on our State due to lots of information gap, lots of misconception and lots of misunderstanding.

As per the press note, there are many firsts the Conclave has to its credit.

1: Duration of the Conclave: Unlike investors' summits being organized by many other States, Make in Odisha Conclave 2018 will be organised over 4.5 days and has been designed to be a unique platform for discussing the various aspects of building the Odisha of tomorrow. The participation of 15 departments of the State Govemment, the confluence of investors, government officials and the general public makes it by far the biggest ever business event in the State.

2: Business Leadership Summit: Mr Mukesh Ambani will be the star speaker at Business Leadership Summit to be organised just after the plenary session of Make in Odisha Conclave 2018 on 12th Nov. The Business Leadership Summit will provide leadership perspective from industry captains to inspire next generation leaders.

3: Cultural Programmes: In order to expose visitors to the rich cultural heritage of the State, on 11th November, a variety of activities have been planned. Bibhu Mohapatra, Rourkela-born and US-based renowned fashion designer will deliver a TED-style talk on the creative economy which would touch upon his personal journey from Rourkela to New York and his experience of starting a Iabel and making a leading fashion brand out of it in the US.

4: Odisha Theme Pavillon: The highlight of the event will be the Odisha Theme pavilion named “Deomali” with mesmerizing projections on the geodesic dome. This dome is being constructed for the first time in India and will project the focus sectors and prominent tourism locations in the state. Besides, there would be ample usage of cutting-edge technologies such as "kinetic installation' wherein the visitors can marvel at the synchronized beauty of 108 spheres. Visitors can also witness the future Smart City and the natural beauty of Odisha in a never-before-seen way through virtual reality.

5: Startup Talk: This will be a platform for start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs to interact with investors, mentors and emtrepreneurs of national, international repute. The confirmed speakers for panel discussion include prominent Odia entrepreneurs Amarendra Sahu, Co-Founder and CEO, NestAway, Rahul Dash, etc

6: Awards Being Presented:

a) Odisha CSR Awards 2018: The Odisha CSR Awards being awarded for the first time in the State, will be conferred on companies operating in the State for their outstanding contribution to socio-economic development in the State.

b) Expo Awards: 3 companies will be awarded for the best stall at the Expo on 12th November

c) Pride of Odisha: Following the successful conclusion of the “I am Odisha” campaign on social media. 7 successsful enterprises and innovators based in Odisha will present their case studies. 3 winners who will be felicitated as the “Pride of Odisha” by CM Naveen Patnaik.

7: Japan Seminar: Since the Japan is the country partner of Make in Odisha Conclave 2018, a dedicate session for Japanese companies has been scheduled on 12th November. The Japanese companies will be showcased various investment opportunities in Odisha’s manufacturing sector. Some of these companies include Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Marubeni, JFE Steel, Nissin Food, Mitsui and Takahata Precision.

8: 36-hour Hackathon: Smart Odisha Hackathon is being organized in the State for the first time. 293 students have been selected and grouped under 93 teams. The winners of the 36 hour Smart Odisha Hackathon will be felicitated on 15th November.

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Ananta Das, Minister, Industries, Odisha