BGSB 2022 kick-started today after a gap of 2 years to lure investments in the state.
The 6th edition of Bengal Global Business summit a two-day event (20 April- 21 April 2022) was kick-started today at 12 noon, hosted by Biswa Bangla Convention centre, Kolkata. The 5TH edition of the summit that took place before the pandemic in 2019, had seen participation of 4000 delegates including 450 international delegation from 35 differtent countries. The summit had witnessed business proposals amounting to INR 12,35,578 crore.
According to the official website of the event this year, “West Bengal is the sixth largest state of India in economic size with a GSDP of INR 14.44 lakh crore (US$ 206.64 billion) in 2020-21.
To showcase the world that ‘Bengal Means Business’ and to explore more business opportunities, forge partnership and collaboration, the state is organizing the sixth edition of Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) on April 20-21, 2022.”
It also says, “The focus sector for this summit includes Infrastructure, Agri & Allied activities, Industries including MSME, Services including Health and Education, Tourism, International trade, IT& ITeS and Mining.”
The sixth edition of BGBS has FICCI and CII as its Business Partners and KPMG, EY, PWC and CRISIL as its Knowledge Partners. WBIDC and its partners will provide all assistance and handholding support to business intending to establish their footprint in the state.
The innovative social projects of the state such as ‘lokhi Bhandar’ and ‘Kanyasree’ etc. will also be presented to the investors.
According to the tweet(@MamataOfficial) by Chief Minister Mamta Bannerjee, 42 countries are participating of which 14 are the partner countries of the event this year including Japan, Norway, UK, Germany, Italy, Australia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, kenya etc.
The @UKinKolkata twitted “UK is set to bring the biggest ever delegation of UK companies, institutes, universities and leaders to Bengal Global Business Summit 2022 in Kolkata.”
In his Inaugural address Governor Jadeep Dhankar said, “West Bengal has potential to become an intrinsic hub of tourism, education, other industries and other sectors including coal, iron ore and so on. It has unrivalled resources and this needs to be harnessed at optimum level,” He also urged all the business tycoons and industrialists to implore and leverage the tremendous opportunities available in Bengal, especially in the sectors like tourism.
While Chief minister Banerjee said her state is first to organise a physical business summit since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. She also said: “It is the gateway to eastern and north-eastern India, neighbouring Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal as well as South East Asia.”
Who’s Who of the Indian industry like Gautam Adani, T V Narendran,Sajjan Jindal , Niranjan Hiranandani, Rishad Premji,Sanjiv Puri, Sanjeev Goenka,Sanjiv Mehta addressed the gathering as well.
To note something unique Gautam Adani in his address said, “We plan to invest rupees 10 thousand crore in West Bengal in the coming years. This will create more than 25,000 direct and indirect jobs in the state.”