As many as 92 MoUs were signed by the state government to attract investment worth Rs 2219 crore during the mini conclave of proposed global investor’s meet held at Manali in Kullu district on Wednesday. Out of these, 63 MoUs are for the tourism sector only with an investment of Rs 1500 crore.

This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the mini conclave which was participated by the entrepreneurs from Himachal Pradesh and other states.

The CM said that the state government has conducted three international roadshows in Germany, Netherlands, and UAE and six domestic roadshows in Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh where a positive response was received from the business community to invest in Himachal Pradesh.

Thakur said that the state government has adopted a holistic approach to attract investment and HP was now ranked top amongst fast mover’s category in ease of doing reforms.

The Single Window Monitoring and Clearance Authority of the state reflect a strong commitment of the government to ensuring efficiency, transparency, timeliness, and accountability in providing services to investors.

He said that pristine atmosphere, cleanest air in the country, peaceful environment, cultural diversity and linguistic plurality to offer the state offers the visitors a variety of choices – adventure, wildlife, eco-tourism, heritage, spiritual, monuments, religious, skiing, etc. “My government is committed to making sustainable tourism as one of the prime engines of growth in the state by establishing it as a leading global sustainable tourism destination,” he said.

Thakur said that soon after assuming the office, he decided to take innovative steps aimed at the welfare of the people and development of the state and organising the Global Investor’s Meet was one of these. The state offers various incentives to the entrepreneurs such as pollution-free environment, investor-friendly policies, responsive and accountable administration which make Himachal Pradesh a most favoured destination for the investors, he added.

The Chief Minister said that to date as many as a total of 419 MoUs have been signed in different sectors with an investment of Rs 41,000 crore. He said that the strong and able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ensured that the nation and the state forge ahead on the path of progress and prosperity.

He said that the mini conclave of Global Investor’s Meet being organised at Manali aims at listening to the problems of entrepreneurs and businessmen of our state and ensuring their redressal so that they could leverage the maximum benefits of Global Investors Meet.

He said that investors coming from other states would not be able to invest without the active support of the local entrepreneurs as they would require their support to do business. He urged the local entrepreneurs to be part of the Global Investors Meet and making their contribution in the development of the state. He said that the state government would consider to simplifying the procedure to attract investment in MSME sector.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Vipin Singh Parmar said the state witnessed rapid industrialisation during the special industrial package announced by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, but after completion of the package, it requires special thrust to attract investment in the state.