Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
With Poland and the Netherlands already being announced as partner countries for the 8th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit scheduled in January 2017, a delegation led by Ms. S Aparna, Principal Secretary to Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat visited Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk and Rzeszow in Poland and also Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague in the Netherlands. The aim of the visit was to enhance trade and collaboration opportunities with leading industrialists, chamber of commerce and alliances with educational institutions in these two countries.
As Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit has seen a transformation from an investment exercise to India’s largest growth propelling event, the State Government has put significant impetus on inclusive and sustainable growth. In order to achieve this, the delegation met more than 50 companies in these two countries that can offer their expertise in sectors identified by the Government of Gujarat.
Commenting on the successful visit, leader of the delegation Ms. S Aparna, Principal Secretary to Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, said “Poland and the Netherlands are two very important countries not only for Gujarat but also for India and being our partner countries for VGGS 2017, there will be a strong delegation from both the countries to attend the VGGS 2017. These countries are world leaders in some of our areas of focus like Food and Agriculture, Chemicals, Automotive & Engineering, Port & Logistics, Healthcare and Life Science to name a few. They are also home to some of the renowned specialized universities which offers opportunity for knowledge sharing. With some mega projects planned in Gujarat, we have identified sectors that offers maximum opportunities for collaboration.”
In Poland, the delegation made their presentation as part of the roadshow in Warsaw and Rzeszow with the support of Indo Polish Chambers of Commerce & Industry, KIG and the Indian Embassy. They also met government officials from the Departments of Economic Development, Culture & National Heritage, Marshall, Governor and Mayor of Transcarpathia, Vice Marshals of Mazovia and Pomerania, Heritage experts and UNESCO representatives in Krakow.
H. E Mr. Ajay Bisaria, Ambassador of India in Poland was also part of the roadshow. He said “In today’s volatile global economy, India is one of the brightest spots and Gujarat with its vibrancy is even brighter. There are so many avenues for partnership between Gujarat and Polish companies and such efforts of the delegation from Gujarat will surely transform opportunities into partnerships.”
Mr. Radoslaw Domagalski, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economic Development, Poland said “Today, India is absolutely top on our list for collaboration and looking at some of the policies in the state of Gujarat I am convinced that the economic scenario in Gujarat is highly progressive and it offers a good investment destination for Polish companies. We would like to send a strong delegation of Polish companies to India during Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017 to show our support towards collaboration with the state.”
In Netherlands, the delegation held meetings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Port of Rotterdam, Shipping and Transport College (STC), Wageningen University, Maritime Museum, Robobank, FMO and Hoogwegt to name a few.
Member of the delegation representing food and agro sector, Mr. R S Sodhi, Managing Director, Amul, said “Agriculture and food processing being key economy driving sectors in both the Netherlands and Poland, these countries invest a lot in R&D to constantly add value to their farming ecosystem. With the demand of food products to grow exponentially in the coming years in India, we will need similar technology and innovation in this sector or it will be very hard to meet the national demand. For this purpose, we met the senior officials at Wageningen University, one of the best universities in the world specializing in food and agro and we hope to bring their expertise to the Indian farming ecosystem.”
The Netherlands being the second largest agri-food exporter in the world, much importance was laid to explore partnership in this sector. Also, Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and with Gujarat being home to 47 ports and handling about 41 % of total Indian maritime cargo, multiple avenues for collaboration in port and maritime sector were discussed.
Addressing the participants at the roadshow organized in Rotterdam, Secretary General of the Rotterdam City, “We have taken significant steps to strengthen our relations with India but there is still huge scope for further growth. Events like these coupled with the efforts of the Government of Gujarat will surely extend our partnership. During the last Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit we had a representation of about 90 Dutch companies and this time around as well we have decided to be a partner country and send a strong delegation of Dutch companies in January 2017.”
About Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit
The Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, which started in 2003 to rekindle the pace of investments in the state, has since established itself as the most important business events in the country. Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit is an example of the visionary approach of the Government of Gujarat towards inclusive and sustainable development by ensuring policy coherence and effective investment promotion. Far from the regional investment fair that characterized the first Summit in 2003, the biennial Summit has today become a unique forum for ideation, knowledge sharing, networking, explore business opportunities, sign cooperation agreements and partnerships, while setting the policy agenda to meet some of the current national challenges.
Having successfully organized seven constructive summits, Government of Gujarat, as part of its journey towards sustainable long-term growth and inclusive development is organizing the 8th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit from the 10th to 13th of January 2017 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar. The Summit will bring together Heads of States and Governments, Ministers, executives from the corporate world, senior policy makers, heads of international institutions and academia from around the world to further the cause of development and promote cooperation.
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