CM To ‘Sell’ Odisha To Maha Investors, Interaction With Captains Of Industry Today

Mumbai/Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday will have one-to-one interactions with captains of industry, business honchos and top bankers in Mumbai and address an investors’ meet, which is a precursor to the third edition of the Make in Odisha conclave in November-December.

He reached the commercial capital of the country on a three-day visit the previous evening.

According to sources, Naveen is scheduled to meet Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra, Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, Vedanta Resources chairman Anil Agarwal, Larsen and Toubro country director DK Sen, Nilkamal Ltd managing director Hiten V Parekh, BSE chairman SS Mundra and NSE chief executive officer Ashish Chauhan.

State Bank of India chairman Dinesh Khara, Waaree Energies chairman Hitesh Doshi, Supreme Industries chairman MP Taparia will also have separate meetings with the CM.

After the meetings, Naveen will address the investment roadshow being organised by the Odisha government in collaboration with FICCI. Country head of HDFC Bank Ltd Arvind Vohra and executive director of ICICI Bank Ltd Rakesh Jha are also expected to attend the meet.

The government will be focussing on new industrial sectors and investors groups, which are yet to make a presence in Odisha, and hopes to attract investments in chemicals and petrochemicals, textiles and apparel, ITeS, financial services, food processing and other new age sectors like green hydrogen and green ammonia, datacentres, EV and EV component manufacturing.

On the eve of the Mumbai roadshow, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra interacted with officials of 15 leading companies and apprised them about the industrial eco-system in Odisha propelled by enabling policies, unique subsidy and hand-holding institutional support, besides robust infrastructure, readily available land bank, quality power supply and sector-specific industrial zones.

He also invited them for an interactive session with the CM. Principal Secretary of Industries department Hemant Sharma was also present.

This is the fourth investment roadshow after Dubai, Ahmedabad and New Delhi. The next investors’ meet is being planned in Bengaluru on September 28 and in some more cities in October ahead of the flagship biennial business event in Odisha from November 30 to December 4, which is likely to be attended by over 400 industrial and business houses.

n 2018, prior to the 2nd ‘Make in Odisha’ global investors meet, Naveen had also conducted an investment roadshow in Mumbai, showcasing his state as investor-friendly on policies with rich resources.

Before leaving for Bhubaneswar on Thursday, the CM will ring the opening bell of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the sources added.

While there has been speculation about Naveen meeting NCP chief Sharad Pawar during this visit, officials said it does not feature in his itinerary.


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