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CM's invest mission

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday left on a three-day visit to New Delhi to meet investors ahead of the Make in Odisha Conclave that will be held from November 11-15.

Naveen, who will interact with investors and diplomats at the Make in Odisha meeting in Delhi on Wednesday, said: "I am hoping for large investment in Odisha at the meet."

This will be Naveen's second meeting in a month with investors to woo them to the state. In August, Naveen went to Mumbai and meet top industrialists, including Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani. Top officials of the state government on Tuesday met senior officials of various trade consulates and embassies in New Delhi.

Principal secretary, industries, Sanjeev Chopra during his meeting with trade consulates, including representatives of several European countries, highlighted advantages of doing business in Odisha.

He spoke about the advantages of single-window portal, low-cost of doing business, sector-specific clusters and 1,00,000 acres of industrial land bank. Following the meeting with trade consulates, the state government will invite several countries from the European Union to take part in the Make in Odisha conclave as partner countries, a senior official said.

Apart from wooing investors, the state has also come up with "Vision 2025" to draw investments worth Rs 2.5 lakh crore, primarily in five thrust sectors that will generate employment for three million people.

Chopra said "Vision 2025"' aimed at investments in focus sectors such as metal, chemicals, plastics and petrochemicals, electronics, manufacturing, IT, agro and seafood processing, tourism and textiles.

"Owing to the proactive and progressive governance, the state is fast emerging as the manufacturing hub of eastern India," he said.

In the first edition of the Make in Odisha Conclave, the state had bagged investment intentions to the tune of Rs 2.03 lakh crore.

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