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


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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.


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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



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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

Bengal Leads

WB CM holds pre-Business Summit meetings with delegates and captains of industry

A day before the Bengal Global Business Summit 2015, WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee had a series of pre- Summit meetings with various captains of the industry and delegates of foreign countries.

She met with the UKIBC (United Kingdom India Business Council) Chair RT Hon Patrica Hewitt in a very engaging meeting. UKIBC has also expressed interest to learn about the rapid growth in West Bengal and the State’s effort with “ease of doing business”, “openness of investment proposal” and have praised the CM’s effort. CM Ms Mamata Banerjee has termed this meeting as “fruitful”.

She had a one on one meeting with Adi Godrej, Chairman of Godrej group, Niranjan and Darshan Hiranandani of the Hiranandani Group, and Sulajja Firodia Motwani, Joint MD of Kinetic Motor Company.

She also met with His Excellency Ambassador of Israel, Daniel Carmon, who has two concrete proposals which will be taken up for tomorrow.

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.

Bengal Global Business Summit 2015, a brainchild of WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee, will showcase the investment potential of the State before delegates and guests from 19 countries.

Bengal – Surging ahead in Tourism sector


West Bengal is a land of scenic beauty as well as rich cultural heritage. While on one hand, the State can boast providing tourist attractions such as mountains, wildlife, sea beaches and historical sites, on the other hand, in the field of entertainment, Bengal has been a frontrunner from cinema to theatre, literature to philosophical works.The last three years saw a surge in both tourism and entertainment sector with numerous newer projects commissioned andcompleted.

From the majestic hills at Darjeeling, to the beauty of Dooars, the historic places at Burdhaman, Murshidabad, the temples of Bishnupur, the forests at Jangalmahal, the Ayodha hills at Purulia  the vibrant city of Kolkata, the Royal Bengal Tiger of Sundarbans, the holy place of Gangasagar and the virgin beaches of Bay of Bengal, Bengal has it all. Sundarbans and Darjeeling have been announced as UNESCO World Heritage site.



Tourism is an area of focus for the new government. The budgetary allocation has been increased from 32 crore to 180 crore for the year 2014-15 and proper infrastructure are being put to place. Here are a few of the achievements of the government under the leadership of CM Ms Mamata Banneree:

•    Tourism is being developed under the PPP model in Gajoldoba, Jharkhali, Sabujdwip. New eco tourism parks, lodges adventure sports and other projects are being undertaken. Tourism parks are being created in Saili, Kunjanagar and Jaldapara. A tourist lodge is being constructed at Jhargram Rajbari under PPP model.

•    Darjeeling and Dooars : The work of Eastern Dooars Tourism Circuit is complete and the work is going on the Western Circuit and the Mega Circuit project. Work of eco tourism project in Buxaduar is in the last phase. New tourist lodge is opened in Lamahata and renovation done for Tashi Ding Tourist Lodge. Vacant spaces in tea gardens will be used to develop and build tourist lodge.



•    Digha-Mandarmoni-Tajpur: A new Digha gateway has been constructed. A roadmarine drive from Digha and Mandarmoni is being planned. 36 tourist cottages have been constructed in Udaipur.

•    Sunderban and Sagar Island: World’s first Mangrove is being set up. Tourist lodge, tourism complex, eco tourism parks and new jetties are being set up.



•    Jangalmahal: A circuit tourism is being set up in West Midnapore involving Jhargram, Belpahari and Hatibari. The project includes the development of Kankrajhore, Ketkijhora, Gurasini Hills, Ghagra Waterfalls, Ratneshwar Temple etc. Murutbaha Eco-Park is being built in Susunia Hills. Two circuit tourism projects, one involving Bankura, Susunia Hill, Saltora Range has been taken up and the other for Ayodhya Hills, Khayraberia and Murardi Dam are being taken up.

Ajodhya Hiis

Ajodhya Hills, Purulia

•    Gangasagar: CM Ms Mamata Banerjee visited Gangasagar with a team of industrialists. A new deep sea port will be set up with an investment of 12,000 crore. Three new beaches were named as “Dheusagar”, “Rupsagar” and “Bhorsagar”.

•    Special emphasis has been given to cultural tourism, heritage tourism and home stay tourism,

•    A lot of beautification projects have taken place. A new eco park and a new wax museum has been opened in Rajarhaat.

Entertainment Industry
Bengal has a rich history of heritage and culture. Calcutta is called as the culture capital of India, and under the leadership of CM Ms Mamata Banerjee, entertainment industry has found a new hope. Below are some of the noted achievements

•    Six floors in the memory of Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Tapan Sinha, Uttam Kumar, Suchitra Sen and Rituparno Ghosh have been constructed in the studio and the technician studio has been mordernised.

•    Kolkata International Film Festival is now celebrated with greater grandeur. Various delegates from all over the globe grace the occasion. For the first time, Children’s Film Festival is also being organised.

•    Renovation of various sites have been undertaken like the Minerva Theatre, Mahajati Sadan, Nazrul Manch, State Music Academy and etc

•    Special assistance is given to folk artists. Pensions being given to many artists, technicians etc.

•    Full scale film cities are being constructed in Dabgram and Baruipur.


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