IPICOL & FICCI sign MoU for the upcoming Make in Odisha Conclave
Bhubaneswar: Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha (IPICOL) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) signed a MoU making FICCI as National Industry Partner for the Make in Odisha Conclave 2022, which is scheduled to be held from November 30th to December 4th.
The MoU signing ceremony was presided over by Pratap Keshari Deb, Minister for Industries, MSME & Energy, Government of Odisha, Hemant Sharma, Principal Secretary, Industries Government of Odisha, Arun Chawla, Director General, FICCI and by senior officers of IPICOL & FICCI.
Speaking about the Make in Odisha conclave, Minister for Industries, MSME & Energy, Government of Odisha, Pratap Keshari Deb said, “This is going to be the third edition of the Make in Odisha Conclave. The first MIO in 2016 witnessed an overwhelming response receiving over Rs 2 Lakh Crores worth of investment intent. Over 5000 delegates participated in it and it had over 50 speakers from across the globe, in the second edition it was over Rs 4 lakh crores of investment intent, the goal of this year’s conclave is to surpass all the expectations and more importantly, to firmly put Odisha on the global map.”
“The state has grown at 10.1% making it one of the fastest growing economies in India. Manufacturing sector with 56% share in Industrial GSVA grew at 14.3% in 2021-22 while mining sector with 21% share registered 18.1% growth,” he said.
He also drew the attention towards the fact that Odisha has become a destination of choice for industries in the metal and allied sectors owing to our natural resources and ecosystem advantage. The Government has proactively taken measures to broad-base the industrial ecosystem in the state, with focus sectors like chemicals and petrochemicals, textiles and apparel among others.
Speaking about the natural resources, he said “Odisha has 96 percent of India’s chromite reserves, 92 percent nickel reserves, 53 percent bauxite, 45 percent manganese, 35 percent iron-one, and 23 percent coal reserves. This has made Odisha the largest producer of Steel, Stainless Steel, Ferro Alloys, Alumina, and Aluminium in India.”
Arun Chawla, Director General, FICCI highlighted about the immense investment potential across sectors in Odisha, proactive approach of the State Government officials and focus on ease of doing business as the key strengths of Odisha.
He also mentioned that “FICCI will leverage its sectoral expertise; tremendous industry connects and experience for the successful organization of the event.”