Trivandrum: Minister for Industries & IT, Shri P K Kunhalikutty has said that businesses keen to drive their bottom lines and maintain green credentials will find Kerala the ideal destination to realise their plans. He was speaking at a business meet held in Chennai on August 13, 2012 in connection with the upcoming ‘Emerging Kerala 2012 Global Connect’ to be held in September at Kochi.
The Minister listed the multiple attractions of the State – healthy socio-economic indicators, highly skilled manpower, and excellent transport network and data connectivity – stating that these factors took on added advantage because of the clean and green environment Kerala offers. “The state has always emphasised on equitable growth and sustainable resource utilisation for its economic progress. We have placed special emphasis on being green and environment-friendly,” he added.
Extending a personal invitation to the assembled business and corporate leaders to come and explore investment opportunities in Kerala, he said the Government has adopted a pro-active approach towards industry and enterprises. “A set of new investor-friendly policies in Industries, IT, SEZ, Labour, Tourism and Healthcare sectors have been introduced to make the state an attractive destination for sustained economic progress, growth and development,” he said.
The business meeting in Chennai was part of a series of domestic road shows which has already travelled to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore and has garnered valuable suggestions and proposals from participants.
Senior State officials at the Business Meet included V Somasundaran IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries & Commerce; Alkesh Sharma IAS, Secretary, Industries – IP & MD, KSIDC; V P Joy IAS, Principal Secretary, Finance; P H Kurian IAS, Principal Secretary, IT, Ports & PWD; K S Srinivas IAS, Special Secretary, Industries; S Ramnath, MD, KINFRA; Dr. Jacob Thomas, Director, Ports and S Anil Kumar, MD, Tourist Resorts Kerala Ltd.
Industrialists P Ganesh, Executive Director, Glass & Glazing Systems; C Balagopal, MD, Terumo Penpol and K Nandakumar, President & CEO, SunTec, shared their experience of doing business and working in Kerala.
Kerala will showcase a multitude of new projects and schemes across 26 sectors which the State has identified as being key drivers of its economic growth, with a thrust on public private partnership model, especially for infrastructure development.
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