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February 7, 2019

Foreign delegates keen on investing in Bengal

The fifth edition of the Bengal Global Business Summit began today on a triumphant note. Industry leader after industry leader, from across India and several other countries, showered their encomiums on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her vision which have made Bengal ready for business. All of them wholeheartedly endorsed the tagline of the summit, ‘Bengal Means Business’.

Here are highlights from the speeches of the foreign delegates present on stage at the inaugural plenary session:

Kim Yung-rok, Governor of Jeollanam-do Province, South Korea: Today we will sign two MoUs to promote economic cooperation to promote bilateral trade and cooperation. It is my belief that this summit will pave the way for a bright future. Jeollanam-do is looking forward to play a part.

Fabrizio Sala, Lombardy Vice-President and Minister for Research, Innovation, University, Export and Internationalisation: BGBS represents a milestone in institutional relations and bilateral talks. Lombardy and West Bengal will sign an MoU with special emphasis on manufacturing and industrial cooperation.

Prof Dr Andreas Pinkwart, State Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia: Congratulations to the government of West Bengal and also the people and those who are investing in this State. I’m accompanied with a delegation comprising of 25 companies and institutions who would love to collaborate with India, especially with Bengal. We are here with our soccer team too and we would love to collaborate with your soccer team. We are here to sign an MoU. We will not only sign but work on fructifying it too.

Krzysztof Tchórzewski, Minister of Energy, Poland: We have just signed an agreement with West Bengal.

Elaine Marshall, Secretary of State, North Carolina: West Bengal and North Carolina are connected now more than ever. The education initiative will be of mutual benefit.

Coca-Cola: Coca-Cola is to invest Rs 500 crore in Siliguri, which will further regenerate North Bengal.