Roundtable with Hon’ble Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh & Senior Officials from the Government of Chhattisgarh – 15th February 2016
On the occasion of the ‘Make in India Week’ in Mumbai, AmCham India, in partnership with the Consulate General of United States in Mumbai, USIBC and EY (knowledge partner of the ‘Make in India’ event) organized a series of roundtable meetings with the Honb’le Chief Ministers and senior state representatives from the states of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The Roundtable with the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh & Senior Officials from the Government of Chhattisgarh was the 1st of the three roundtables held on Monday, 15th February 2016.
U.S. Consul General, Tom Vajda, began the session by welcoming the Honb’le Chief Minister and the state representatives of Chhattisgarh, USIBC, AmCham India and the participants. CG Tom Vajda then welcomed Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director- Western Region, AmCham India, who through her remarks thanked the Government of Chhattisgarh for the opportunity to interface with AmCham members. Ms. Wahal also remarked on the smart city initiative that has been in progress with AmCham members and the Government of Chhattisgarh. This was followed by Mr. Brandon Banner, Sr. Manager, Policy Advocacy, USIBC, who thanked the Hon’ble Chief minister for taking the time to discuss opportunities for investment in Chhattisgarh.
Dr. Raman Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh shared a brief keynote address presenting the promise that Chhattisgarh has to offer. To present this further, he invited Chief Secretary – Chhattisgarh, Mr. Vivek Dhand, to showcase a presentation titled ‘Credible Chhattisgarh.’ The presentation brought insight to the various facets of the state from its robust economic growth, its status as the best fiscally managed state, its GSDP and per capita income, and plan for the removal of poverty. It also highlighted the state’s current status and proposals for infrastructure in rail, road, air, water, electricity, agriculture and education. Mr. Dhand brought to light investment enablers in the ease of doing business and the focus sectors for business – food processing, engineering, defense, logistics and warehousing, IT and ITeS, renewable energy and apparels.
An open discussion moderated by Mr. Brandon Banner brought forth queries on skilled development and opportunities, proposals for the implementation of the smart cities initiative, ideas to develop education, focus on IT and even exporting energy from Chhattisgarh to other states.
The insightful roundtable concluded with CG Tom Vajda urging members to continue the open dialogue between business and government and looks forward to a follow-up meeting on investments in the state of Chhattisgarh. CG Vajda expressed gratitude to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh and senior officials from the Government of Chhattisgarh, AmCham India, USIBC and the participating members for a fruitful and interactive morning.