Few investment announcements likely in North Bengal Conclave

State industry minister Amit Mitra to inaugurate event tomorrow
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Prashant Acharya
SILIGURI
3 Dec 2017

Senior ministers, government officials and a series of meetings between industry members from Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and those from Darjeeling, Alipurduar, Cooch Behar Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Malda, Dakshin Dinajpur and Uttar Dinajpur, and a few investment announcements are the highlights of 5th North Bengal Conclave to be organized by CII North Bengal Zonal Council here on December 5.
While state finance and industry minister, will inaugurate the Conclave, Gautam Deb and Rabindra Nath Ghosh, the state ministers for tourism and north Bengal development respectively, and also Barun Ray, principal secretary, department of north Bengal Development, and Vandana Yadav, managing director, West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation, will be present at the occasion. “The Conclave will see all stakeholders come together under one roof, and our aim is to make the huge investment opportunities that North Bengal holds a reality,” said Rajiv Lochan, chairman, CII North Bengal Zonal, Council & CEO, Lochan Tea Ltd. “We expect some important investment announcements made during the Conclave,” Lochan added.

“The region offers a wide variety of options to big and small investors and entrepreneurs in sectors such as manufacturing, tourism, tea tourism, real estate, healthcare, education, agriculture and floriculture, food processing and IT & BPO, etc,” he said.
Lochan also said in the run-up to the North Bengal Conclave, CII in association with WBIDC organised Road Shows in the eight districts in the region. “These Road Shows also served as forums for CII to also invite industry members to take part in the upcoming Bengal Global Business Summit. North Bengal’s strength is its strategic location, said Anand Mittal, vice- chairman, CII North Bengal, Zonal Council & director PCM Tea Processing. “It shares international borders with three South Asian countries – Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh and shares State borders with Assam, Sikkim and Bihar. It is also known as the gateway to the North East and serves as a corridor to China and some South East Asian countries like Myanmar and Thailand,” he said.
“Aligning with the activities of the West Bengal Government, CII North Bengal works closely with several state government departments. North Bengal Conclave is a focused attempt to highlight the potential of the region and convince prospective investors of the long-term reward they can reap by putting their money in a range of sectors,” he said.