Projecting West Bengal as a preferred destination for investment, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday called upon German investors to put their trust in her state.
Addressing an interactive session attended by industry representatives from Germany and West Bengal, Banerjee harped on the achievements Bengal had made in the last five years vis-a-vis availability of infrastructural faculties, cheap and skilled manpower and a pro-industry government.
"When you think of India, you think of Bengal, because it is the destination right now. From logistics to economics from industrial growth, to production, what is available in Bengal is matchless," said Banerjee.
Invoking Subhas Chandra Bose and Rabindranath Tagore to reflect upon Bengal’s ties with Germany, Banerjee described her state as the gateway to the Asian countries.
"Bengal is the gateway to Asian countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Bangaldesh; countries like China and Malaysia are not very far off. So, if you invest in Bengal, you get the opportunity to invest in these countries," she said.
"From cheap labour to skilled manpower, from abundance of power to suitable policies on textile, industry and the likes, we have highways and Asian highways connecting neighbouring countries," the Chief Minister said.
"If India is growing at 7.3 per cent per annum, West Bengal is growing at 12.2 per cent. Bengal is doing very well in all sectors. Come and invest in Bengal," said Banerjee, who invited German investors for the ‘Bengal Global Business Summit to be held in Kolkata in January next.