The two-day Hill Business Summit that will be inaugurated by chief minister Mamata Banerjee on 13 March will focus on a host of sectors ranging from tea, tourism, transportation and IT.
Sources in Nabanna said the meeting will be graced by representatives from the tea importers organisation, hailing from Germany and Japan, which are the two countries where Darjeeling tea is exported the most.
Most of the city based industrialists will be present at the business meet. They are namely Mr Sanjeev Goenka, Mr Harshavardhan Neotia, Mr Sanjay Budhia, Mr Sanjeev Puri, Mr Satyam Roychowdhury, Mr Sagar Dariyani and CII’s eastern region chairman Umesh Chowdhury.
The meeting, which is being organised jointly by the state government and the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) for the first time in Darjeeling, is aimed at ushering in investment in the region to improve its overall economic condition.
“The Hills can boast of many things like tea, agro industry, food processes, horticulture, IT and medicinal plants. Apart from these sectors, investments can come to the Hills in the fields of education and tourism because the area is known for some of the finest educational institutions, hotels and resorts.The event is thus aimed at attracting investment in all these areas,” said an official.
North Bengal development minister Gautam Deb, sports and youth affairs minister Aroop Biswas, MoS information and cultural affairs Indranil Sen along with state chief secretary and senior bureaucrats would accompany the chief minister.
Miss Banerjee is schdeduled to leave for north Bengal on Monday afternoon and inaugurate the business meet at 2 p.m. the next day. She would be present at the closing ceremony as well.
Miss Banerjee is scheduled to return on 16 March after attending a meeting on 15 March at Uttar Kanya.
GTA has proposed to project some of the historic buildings of Darjeeling as prospective tourist destinations as well as the homestays.