Bhubaneswar: Odisha is destined to become a trillion-dollar economy in the near future and will emerge as the gateway to East and South East Asia, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the third edition of the Make in Odisha Conclave.
Extending a warm welcome to the industry leaders, investors and all delegates to the investors’ summit, Chief Minister said that Odisha is fast emerging as a major investment destination in the country. Odisha is a progressive state with clear focus on transformation in all sectors, he said.
The Odisha CM said, “Stable governance is the cornerstone of peace, prosperity and progress. We have an unprecedented mandate from the electorate due to our continued performance over the last two decades”.
“Our citizen centric governance model has set global benchmarks. Initiatives like Mo Sarkar and 5T charter give dignity and respect to our people. Our inclusive development agenda emphasizes on education, health, skill development, agriculture, womens empowerment, tribal development and so on. Mission Shakti comprising 70 lakh women is a unique empowerment initiative. Our health assurance scheme BSKY is a milestone in the public health sector”, the Chief Minister added.
He said, “Participatory governance ensures that gains are shared across all sections of the society. We have been able to reduce poverty by 50%, while doubling the farmers income over the last two decades. Our fiscal prudence and economic management has been appreciated across the country. We are one of the few states with adequate revenues to undertake large scale infrastructure projects”.
The Chief Minister said, “Our investor-friendly initiatives and transformatory governance has put us on a journey of progress and prosperity”.
The CM said, “I assure you that our government will run the extra mile to make you comfortable in our state. We will walk along your side and make sure your dreams as an entrepreneur are realized. Odisha’s prosperity is interlinked with new investments. We completely understand this and therefore, we welcome you from the core of our hearts”.
“We offer you better than the best. Our new Industrial Policy provides the support and incentives which are beyond the best in the country. We are launching new policies in the sectors of Tourism, renewable energy, apparel and textile, food processing, exports and so on . We will continue to work with each one of you and understand the requirements of your sector and provide the best of support systems”, CM Naveen added.
“Odisha is a major force in the field of mining and mineral-based industries. The State has attracted major investments in Steel and Aluminum projects and will emerge as the global hub in these sectors by the turn of this decade,” the CM said adding that the state gGovernment is ambitious to develop Odisha in other sectors too.
“We are making huge capital investment in improving our transport infrastructure – expressways, railways, airports, sea ports. We are a pioneer in electricity reforms and have successfully created the framework and investment towards providing quality affordable energy”, the CM said.
“Our focus on creating quality education through high schools’ transformation, world class higher educational institutions, Skilled in Odisha program the World Skills Centre, providing quality affordable health care systems will enable social capital and support the industries with highly qualified human resources”, Naveen further added.