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Vibrant Gujarat 2013: Focus on knowledge- led strategic partnerships says Shri Modi

Gandhinagar, January 2, 2013: The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi today mentioned some of the unique features of the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit.

Addressing the first official press conference on the summit, Shri Modi said that the upcoming summit will solely focus on forging knowledge-based strategic partnerships and global collaborations. The previous summits focused on mobilising series of investments across the industry sectors of Gujarat. However, since the 2011 summit, the government has given special emphasis on addressing need for youth development, increasing skill development and creating employment opportunities, creating more women entrepreneurs in the society and giving a boost to the sunrise sectors such as green energy.

Adding further he said that the government has realised the importance of forging knowledge based strategic partnerships and the value created by it for the industries and the society. He said that his government is committed to explore new dimensions offered by such valuable collaborations. He mentioned that such collaborations not only throw open so many areas of opportunities today but also help in finding sustainable solutions for a better tomorrow.

The much awaited biennial Vibrant Gujarat 2013 Summit’s events start from 5th January 2013 with a series of knowledge-sharing events lined up till 13th January 2013. Senior diplomats from the governments of Japan, the UK, China, Canada, the USA, Denmark, African Region, Australia will be attending the summit. Industry captains from companies Tata Group, Reliance Industries, ADA Group, Essar Group, Ford Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra are also going to be present.

With Gujarat rising as the economic power-house of India, the business outfits from developed economies like the UK and the US have announced their partnership with the Government of Gujarat.

Considering the focus on knowledge-based partnerships, one of the most important events is the International Conference on Academic Institutions (ICAI) where-in Gujarat-based universities will be setting up collaborations with foreign universities. The objective of the conference was to find a partner from the 51 Gujarat-based Universities & various other institutions and determine ways of generating combined value for the partner institutions. Few of the respectful universities /institutions

like University of Toronto, Times Higher Education, Institute of International Education, Seneca College, Canada, University of Wollongong, Australia, University of Houston, and many more will be present for collaboration with their Indian counterparts.

One of the main focus areas of this event is the generation of quality employment. Hence appropriate importance for SME sector will be given in the summit as a thrust area. One of the other major highlight of the summit is the Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show spread across an area of more than 100,000 square meters that has participation from more than 1000 companies from more than 25 sectors & 14 countries.

 
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