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Minister of State for Industries Shri Saurabh Patel today informed that state government had organized around eight sectorial seminars during the month of December as a run-up to forthcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit-2011 and to reap highest benefits from it.

Seminar witnessed deliberation on the subjects like growth of technical textiles and opportunities in international perspectives, pharmaceutical industries, tourism and civil aviation, agri business – opportunities and challenges, responsive healthcare, integrated mining city, global chemical summit, MSME convention, information technology and bioinvest.

‘Seminars got overwhelming response from developers and experts of different sectors from across the globe. All the eight seminars became instrumental in deeply assessing various aspects of the sectors. More than 100 professional experts and 4000-odd individuals representing different sectors took part in the seminars', he said.

Giving outlines of the seminars Minister of State said that the seminars brought government agencies, private companies, professional consultants and experts on one common platform to deliberate on resources, infrastructure and investment opportunities available in Gujarat.

Talking further about Seminars Shri Patel said each seminar was peculiar in its own way but they all have a common objective – to find out the challenges within the sectors and opportunities hidden in it. With the means of penal talk, CEO roundtable and conclaves such objectives were met.

Stating that state government is working with the objective of making the growth sustainable and to extend the benefits of development to future generation, Minister of State added that the government welcomes the outcome of the seminars and will use this knowledge in future planning.

‘Gujarat Chief Minister always emphasizes an economical growth that is extended to all the strata of society especially to poor', he said. Non-conventional energy sources, use of carbon free technology, healthcare, training and employment to youth, work-life balance, enough public amenities - with all these Gujarat is marching ahead in line with the vision of the Chief Minister, Shri Patel said.

Seminars at a glance:

Tourism, Civil Aviation Seminar:

Talks on building a large network of hotels and drive-in restaurants along side the state highways, development of airport airstrip and helicopter services through PPP mode. Seminar will help in policy decision making.

Healthcare:

Creating a platform for catering the needs of around 20-lakh tourists coming to Gujarat for medical treatment, as Gujarat is becoming a preferred destination for medical tourism. Establishing new medical colleges at Sola, Gotari (Vadodara), Patan (North Gujarat) and Valsad and modernization of Asia's biggest civil hospital in Ahmedabad at the cost of Rs.1000-crore, extending latest medical services to poor patients.

Food and Agricultural Seminar:

Outline of Gujarat's new agriculture policy and development in agro-food processing. Discussion on the possibilities of developing value added agricultural products.

Mines and Minerals Seminar:

New paradigm of integrated mining city, Encouraging excavation and ‘zero waste' in mines-minerals development, exploring new areas of competitive mining.

Chemicals-Petrochemicals Seminar:

Leaders in Chemical industry across the world took deep interest in developing mutually benefiting sectors especially with African countries. Delegations from the countries like Britain, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia, Ghana and others were present on the occasion.

Information Technology Seminar:

Gujarat's stride in IT sector, appreciation of NASCOM president's announcement putting Ahmedabad in the world IT map.

Biotechnology Seminar:

Gujarat government's initiatives in the field of biotechnology were appreciated and deciding upon the demand of technical manpower in the sectors of research and development in prime sectors.

Vibrant Gujarat Summit is being organized by Gujarat Government every two years with a view to bring investors, leading industrialists, policy makers and corporate leaders on one platform to acquaint them with the investment and trade opportunities available in Gujarat. By the means of B2B roundtable conference interaction is being done with prospective investors.

The summit in the past has got huge success. Last such summit held on January 12-13, 2009 got a commitment for the investment of Rs.12-lakh crore. About 46.76% of project has already been implemented in large scale industries whereas about for small and medium scale industries project implementation has reached to about 76.16%, which is far above to a 20% average of the nation.

Commissionerate of Information, Gujarat

 
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