Diplomats Meet at New Delhi
November 15, 2016, Federation House, New Delhi
As part of the promotional campaign of VYAPAR 2017 (Kerala B2B Meet) and to disseminate the details of Vyapar 2017 among the foreign diplomatic community, the Department of Industries & Commerce, Government of Kerala in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) organised a Foreign Diplomats Meet chaired by the Hon. Chief Minister, Kerala at Federation House, New Delhi on November 15, 2016.
Address by Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan, Hon. Chief Minister, Kerala
Mr. Onkar Kanwar, Past President, FICCI & Chairman & Managing Director, Apollo Tyres Ltd. welcomed the Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Ambassadors / High Commissioners and Diplomats of various foreign Embassies located in New Delhi. Mr. Onkar Kanwar during his welcome address said ‘Kerala’s natural resources, a thriving diaspora, high literacy levels and social indicators rank it much ahead of other Indian States. The State has a strong foothold in various sectors such as rubber, coir, spices, handlooms, fisheries, agro-food processing, bamboo, cashew and tourism. The immense opportunities, coupled with well-structured policies and business-friendly approach of Government of Kerala, make the State one of the most attractive business destinations in India’.
Delivering the keynote address, Mr. Amitabh Kant IAS, Chief Executive, Niti Aayog referred to India Today’s State of States 2016 report, which described Kerala as ‘the safest, healthiest and most environment-friendly’. The State also topped in three categories like law and order, health and environment. ‘Kerala offers a unique model of sustainable development. Its high quality of physical life surpasses even in many countries of Europe. The State has invested heavily in education and health; its urban growth rate is 6.49% as compared to the National average of 4.04%. The Kerala’s IT parks, connectivity with India and the outside world through rail, roads and airports, startups, complete broadband connectivity, India’s first Defence Park, strong diaspora, tourism, strong leadership, all these factors make Kerala a sound business proposition’, he said.
Keynote Address by Mr. Amitabh Kant IAS, Chief Executive, Niti Aayog
Mr. Paul Antony IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Industries & Commerce, Government of Kerala made a detailed presentation on Vyapar 2017. During his presentation, he said that the Vyapar 2017 would offer a string of opportunities for the business fraternity from both India and outside to productively engage with Kerala through business and investments. ‘Kerala offers phenomenal investment and business opportunities. It’s 100% literate population, business-savvy and dynamic Malayali diaspora, the cosmopolitan flavour, skilled workforce, large consumer base, thriving industries and sound infrastructure make the State a competitive business destination in the Country’, he added.
Presenting Vyapar 2017 by Mr. Paul Antony IAS, Additional Chief Secretary,
Department of Industries & Commerce, Government of Kerala
Projecting Kerala as an attractive business-friendly destination with robust economic fundamentals, the Hon. Chief Minister, Kerala, Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan invited the global investor community and industry stakeholders to do business with the Southern Coastal State and accelerate its growth across various sectors, especially manufacturing and services segments. ‘Kerala is ready for investments and open to business’, the Hon. Chief Minister told the gathering at the Diplomats Meet.
Unfolding an impressive array of advantages and opportunities for business leaders before a high-profile gathering of foreign diplomats, the Hon. Chief Minister said the State’s galloping economy, industry-friendly laws, abundant power and skilled manpower made Kerala an ideal business hub. ‘Kerala has already demonstrated its economic heft in highly specialised sectors like tourism, healthcare, information technology, food processing, among others. We have a clear agenda for development, a knowledge-based economy and highly skilled manpower. These are all incentives for businesses to invest in the State’, he added. The State Government’s Department of Industries and Commerce is organising ‘Vyapar 2017’, the sixth edition of Kerala B2B Meet, at Bolgatty Island Resort in Kochi from February 2 to 4 next year. It will showcase Kerala’s business potential and manufacturing competence to the trading and outsourcing community in India and elsewhere. It will enhance the competitiveness of SMEs (Small and Micro Enterprises) in Kerala and provide a platform for marketing their competencies, The Hon. Chief Minister told the gathering. The B2B Meet would boost the branding of Kerala’s native products, improve their marketability and mobility in the global market and give the State’s manufacturing sector access to large markets outside its borders, he noted.
In his concluding remarks, Mr. M. G. George Muthoot, Chairman, FICCI Kerala State Council, said ‘Vyapar 2017’ offers exciting opportunities for investments and businesses in the State. ‘Kerala is an investor-friendly State and Government of Kerala is offering a lot of facilities to industries. The B2B Meet is just the beginning and business leaders need to leverage the huge opportunities being offered by the State’, he pointed out.
The Diplomats Meet registered the attendance of Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Diplomats of around 30 Countries, including Japan, Russia, UAE, Poland, Malaysia, Turkey, South Korea, Cuba, Nepal, Bulgaria, Rwanda, Tunisia, Bhutan, Mauritius, Gabon, Belarus, Nigeria, Venezuela, Sri Lanka, Angola, Vietnam Kazakhstan, etc.
Mrs. Nalini Netto IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala; Mr. Dinesh Sharma IAS, Special Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India; Mr. Manoj Joshi IAS, Joint Secretary, Department of MSME, Government of India; Mr. Puneet Kumar IAS, Additional Resident Commissioner, Kerala House, New Delhi; Dr. M. Beena IAS, Managing Director, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC); Mr. P. M. Francis IAS, Director (Industries & Commerce), Government of Kerala; Mr. V. Rajagopal, Chief Executive Officer, Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion (K-BIP) and Mr. K. Sudhir, Director (Handlooms & Textiles), Government of Kerala were among the senior bureaucrats present at the Diplomats Meet organised at New Delhi.