Odisha on Thursday government held a round table meeting with trade consulates representing several European countries and made a conscious effort to highlight the investment opportunities in the vibrant business ecosystem of Odisha in the run up to the Make In Odisha 2018 event.

The state government delegation, led by principal secretary, Industries, Mr. Sanjeev Chopra briefed the trade consulates from six European countries about ‘Vision 2025’ of the state government in New Delhi on Thursday.

The government focus is on diversifying the industrial development in the state while setting a target of generating employment for 30 lakh citizens by attracting investments worth Rs 2.5 lakh crore in the focus sectors that include Ancillary and Downstream in metal sector; Chemicals, Plastics and Petrochemicals; Electronics Manufacturing and IT; Agro & Seafood Processing; Tourism; Textiles and Apparel.

Addressing the senior officials of various trade consulates and embassies, Mr. Sanjeev Chopra said, “ Odisha is fast emerging as the manufacturing hub of Eastern India. We are on a steady path of progress, growing at a rate higher than the national average. Odisha’s business friendly policies and the development of world-class infrastructure have received very positive feedback from investors across the globe.

Over the last 3 years, the State Government has embarked upon the implementation of a Business Reforms Program to make it easier for companies to set up and operate in the state, following which Odisha has been recognised by the Central Government as a ‘Leader’ in terms of implementation of business reforms.”

Mr. Chopra also presented some of the advantages of doing business in Odisha that include able and stable government, resource rich coastal state, first of its kind single window portal in the country – GOSWIFT, low cost of doing business, etc.

Following the meeting with trade consulates, Odisha government will be inviting several countries from the European Union to participate in the Make in Odisha Conclave as partner countries, said official sources. The second edition of the flagship Investors Meet of the State Government will be organised from 11to 15 November, 2018.