MCCI organizes Diplomats’ Forum

15 Jul 2017

Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) organized MCCI Diplomats’ Forum on “Bengal as an Investment Destination” with Rajiva Sinha, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Industry, Commerce & Enterprises, Government of West Bengal as the Chief Guest. The Forum was also addressed by Damiano Francovigh, Consul General of Italy in Kolkata; Mohan Niraula, Trade Consul, Consulate General of Nepal in Kolkata;  Leki Tenzin, Trade Consul, Royal Bhutanese Consulate in Kolkata and Jonathan Ward, Principal Commercial Officer, US Consulate General in Kolkata.
Addressing the Forum, Mr Sinha spoke about a MSME hub in Howrah in which all infrastructural and power facilities would be provided within a radius of 50 kms. Referring to Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS), he pointed out that 40 – 50 % of business proposals worth Rs. 5 lakh crore had been put into action for BGBS 2015 & 2016. He requested the business community to declare business proposals at BGBS, as then it would receive more importance and would be put into fast track.
Regarding a regional alliance between the neighbouring countries, including Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh for tourism and other sectors, he felt that we should hold each others’ for mutual benefit.
Mr Tenzin emphasized on a Regional Alliance for tourism with India, Nepal, Bhutan and other countries for collective and mutual benefits. He also pointed out that India in spite of having all resources in abundance ranked 130 out of 189 countries in Ease of Doing Business, in which China ranked 11th and Bhutan 73rd. This should be rectified, he felt. He also spoke of shifting focus to Manufacturing from Trading for sustainable benefits.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Hemant Bangur, President MCCI, said that the objective of MCCI Diplomats’ Forum was to provide a platform for discussion towards convergence, with the diplomatic corps of different countries. This Forum was the first one in the series with such interactive Sessions will be organized periodically. (EOIC)