Jharsuguda is the next hub for industrial growth in Odisha: Principal Secretary

Bhubaneswar: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is to hold the 24th Edition of Enterprise Odisha in Jharsuguda from January 19 to January 21, 2024, in partnership with the Government of Odisha and various industry associations in the State.

A Curtain Raiser of the CII Enterprise Odisha was held on December 20, 2023. Addressing the curtain raiser Industries Department Principal Secretary Hemant Kumar Sharma spoke about the potential of Jharsuguda to become the industrial hub for different kinds of projects in the region where there is a huge potential in areas such as Sambalpur, Bargarh and Kalahandi. The State holds single-window meetings to sanction potential projects.

The Principal Secretary appreciated CII’s initiative to hold the 24th edition of the CII Enterprise Odisha in Jharsuguda in alignment with the Government of Odisha.

Speaking at the Curtain Raiser, IPICOL and IDCO Managing Director Bhupendra Singh Poonia said, “The government is focusing on creating local entrepreneurs and providing wider opportunities to MSMEs. Odisha is nationally known for industrialisation. To maintain this all parts of the State need to develop ancillary industries and value additions. We would like to thank CII for organising this event in Jharsuguda for the first time. Through this programme, apart from investors from outside the State, investors within the State will also be able to know about the opportunities available in different parts of it.”

More than 200 exhibitors, 100 CEOs & CXOs and 20 PSUs will participate in the three-day exhibition and conference. The exhibition is expected to receive over 4,000 visitors. Large and medium enterprises of the state, service sector bodies, national organisations of repute and various departments of the Government of Odisha will participate in the programme to showcase their strengths and solutions. Emphasis will be given to start-ups and women entrepreneurs.”

The 24th CII Enterprise Odisha will showcase products and services in technology, sustainability, renewable energy, logistics and infrastructure, security solutions, manufacturing, defence and food processing sectors.

Other dignitaries addressed at the Curtain Raiser were Shashi Shekhar Mohanty, Chairman of CII Odisha State Council, Dr. Pradipta Kumar Mohanty, Vice President of CII Odisha, Brahmananda Mishra, President of Utkal Chamber of Commerce and Industry Limited (UCCIL), Sunil Kayal, President, Rourkela Chamber of Commerce, Mahadeo Jaiswal, Director, IIM Sambalpur and Atanu Bhowmick, Director-in-Charge, Rourkela Steel Plant.

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