Emerging Kerala Global Connect, a new start for Kerala: PM

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Kochi, Sept 12: Signalling its intention to become a front-ranking economic powerhouse of the country, Kerala today unfolded before India Inc and business tycoons and industrialists from across the world its entire spectrum of economy, seeking their investments and collaborations for scripting a new growth story for God’s Own Country.

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, while inaugurating a three-day Emerging Kerala global connect event here, assured that his government would help improve the industrial infrastructure of the state.

“Labour-intensive light manufacturing has a strong comparative advantage in this state, and all assistance needs to be given to the small and micro business enterprises,” Dr Singh said. “We need to build an enabling environment to facilitate investments in every possible way. I hope that this conference would find new pathways of doing so.”

In particular, the Prime Minister saluted the new-age entrepreneurial spirit of the youth in Kerala, and said the Centre was “seriously considering” the demand for establishing an IIT in the state. He noted that the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, the Indian Institute of Space Technology and the Central University in Kasargod, set up recently, are shaping into institutions of excellence.

Kerala should target people-focused, inclusive and sustainable development driven by knowledge and innovation, while keeping environment concerns at the forefront of its growth agenda, he suggested.

Emerging Kerala 2012 is a three-day biennial global connect event that is intended to turn the state into a premier global hub of economic activity and fuel its growth dreams.

Around 1,900 delegates from 51 countries, besides 50 diplomats, are participating in the mega initiative being organised by the Government of Kerala in collaboration with CII and Nasscom.

In his address, Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy urged youngsters to work towards becoming job creators instead of job seekers. “To facilitate such a shift and encourage entrepreneurship among the students in Kerala, we will put in place a landmark Student Entrepreneurship Policy.”

He said the policy provides for 20% attendance relaxation and 4% grace marks in academic courses for students who pursue entrepreneurship and innovation during their studies.

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