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January 7, 2015

Bengal Global Business Summit 2015: Come to Bengal… Ride the growth

Bengal Global Business Summit 2015: Come to Bengal… Ride the growth

West Bengal has been taking a number of initiatives to rejuvenate the industrial scenario in the State. The State Government has been undertaking several policy measures and incentives for the overall socio-economic development of the economy.

West Bengal is a key State of India. Recent observations from the Central Statistical Organization show that from 2013 the State’s GDP grew by 8.62% where as the nation’s was 4.7%.

Industry-wise too the growth has been phenomenal – 8.74% while India’s grew by a mere 0.4%. The rise for Agriculture and Service Sectors have been equally impressive. Also, capital expenditure has grown by 44%, indicating that massive investments in infrastructure.

Why invest in Bengal?

  • Low cost of doing business
  • Abundant water and waterbodies
  • Gateway to NE India and to SE Asia; shares boundary with three countries
  • Road/rail/air connectivity, 3 airports – Kolkata, Bagdogra, Durgapur & 2 sea ports – Kolkata and Haldia; chopper services; waterways; huge fleet of inter-city luxury buses
  • A new town at Rajarhat: the new destination for financial services, urban infrastructure, housing, business capital, etc.
  • A leader in MSME-highest investments in the sector in the country during 2012-13 and 2013-14
  • One of the major textile hubs of the country – garment, hosiery, handloom, khadi, silk
  • Headquarters of many major banks, Public Sector Undertakings and big business houses
  • Unique tourist destinations : the Himalayas, the Dooars, Tea Gardens, forests and wildlife, sea beaches; rich cultural and religious heritage
  • Adequate skilled human resource:Skill development; technical human resource : 225 ITIs and 140 Polytechnics
  • Highest producer of vegetables in the country; among the highest in rice and fruits, tea; largest producer of fish


BGBS Jan 6

Invitation card  for Bengal Global Summit 2015


In this endeavour, the Government of West Bengal is organising a Bengal Global Business Summit – Bengal Leads 2015 on 7th and 8th January 2015. The two-day event will include Plenary Sessions addressed by national and international entrepreneurs of stature who will share their thoughts and experiences. The Summit will include Sectoral Breakaway Sessions with the participation of leading industrialists of each sector. The Summit will also organise B2B and G2B interactions. There will be opportunity for Expositions and Exhibition as well.

The identified Focus Sectors for the Summit include: Urban Infrastructure and Housing, IT Software & Hardware, Food Processing, Horticulture & Floriculture, MSME & Textiles, Health Care, Education & Skills, Manufacturing, Energy & Infrastructure, Hospitality & Tourism and Business of Entertainment, Financial Services.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, will be there to listen to the entrepreneurs, peruse over the sectoral recommendations and then share her thoughts at the Concluding Plenary (on both the 7th and the 8th January).

The evenings will showcase Bengal’s great heritage in art and culture.

The Summit will be held in the Salt Lake Stadium grounds, near Hyatt Regency, Kolkata.


BGBS Jan 7

Invitation card  for Bengal Global Summit 2015


This Summit is the best platform to understand the potential of West Bengal in various sectors which will also provide a platform to interact with policy makers, industry leaders, and top level Government officials.

Focus Sectors for the Summit include:

•    Urban Infrastructure and Housing
•    IT Software & Hardware
•    Food Processing, Horticulture & Floriculture
•    MSME & Textiles
•    Health Care, Education & Skills
•    Manufacturing
•    Energy & Infrastructure
•    Hospitality & Tourism and the Business of Entertainment
•    Financial Services

Programme Schedule:

i. At Island-Glass House, Eco Park on January 6, 2015

7:30 PM onwards    Special programme marking the beginning of the Bengal Global Business Summit 2015, consisting of musical recitals and interaction. Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee will grace the occasion.

ii. At Plenary Hall, Helipad Ground, Salt Lake Stadium on 7th Jan 2015

Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the Summit and preside over the Plenary Session. The Union Minster of Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting will be the Chief Guest on the occasion. The Union Minister of Road Transport, Highway and Shipping will be the Guest of Honour.

9:30  AM – 10: 30 AM    Registration

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM   Lighting of Lamp

11:05 AM – 11:15  AM   Welcome Address by Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal

11:15 AM – 11:22  AM    A Film on West Bengal

11:22 AM – 11:32  AM    Theme Address by Dr. Amit Mitra ,the Industry and Finance Minister of West Bengal

11:32 AM – 11:45  AM    Special Address by the Chief Guest

11:45 AM – 11:50  AM    Vote of Thanks by Shri Sanjay Mitra, Chief Secretary, IAS, Government of West Bengal

12   Noon –    1:30  PM    Indian Business Leaders’ Speak

2:30 PM   –   2:40   PM    Address by Guest-of-Honour

2:40 PM    –   4:10   PM    Global Business Leaders’ Speak

4:10 PM    –   4:30   PM    Summit Address by Ms Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal

4:30 PM    –   5:30   PM    Visit to Business Expo at Summit Venue,B2B and G2B discussions at Topaz and Sapphire

7:30 PM    –  8.00  PM     Performance by Musical Maestros



BGBS Jan 8

Invitation card  for Bengal Global Summit 2015


For 8th Jan 2015

9:00   AM  to 11:00  AM    MSME Conclave

11:30 AM  to 12:15  PM    Presentation of Recommendations arising out of Breakaway Sessions

12:15  PM  to  1:15    PM    Signing of Business Agreements and other Announcements in the presence of Ms Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal

1:25    PM   to 1:55    PM    Closing Session Address by Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal