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3 countries agree to join the “Make In Odisha” conclave; Check program schedule

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Bhubaneswar: Countries like Japan, Germany and Norway have agreed to join “Make In Odisha” and registration to attend the conclave has started, Industry Secretary Hemant Sharma informed on Tuesday.

The third edition of the flagship biennial meeting of state investors will be held in Bhubaneswar from November 30 to December 4 in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

The industry secretary said more countries should join the bandwagon.

The day also saw IPICOL hold a ceremony, marking the start of groundwork for the development of the venue and infrastructure for the event at Janata Maidan here. “The entire grounds will be converted into a modern, state-of-the-art event venue with an exhibition center, plenary hall, 5 session rooms, chief minister’s lounge, VIP lounge, media lounge, dining, a food court, and a large stage for cultural events. The venue will also have two large anamorphic screens and 6 modules displaying Odisha’s culture, heritage and industrial prowess,” said Sharma.

While Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will open the conclave on November 20, a plenary session with CEOs and business leaders from across the country will take place the following morning. It will be followed by a session on “Start-Up Odisha” in the plenary hall and “Business Leadership Talks” in the session rooms.

The dignitaries will discuss how the state can expand in sectors such as petrochemicals, chemicals, metrology, metallurgy, skills development, fertilizers, food processing and agriculture. Various state government departments will issue new policies for the development of respective industries.

On December 2, sessions on ‘Skilled in Odisha’ will be followed by a session on ‘Metal Downstream’ in the Plenary Hall while the session halls will host various sectoral sessions such as Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Textiles & Garments, mining, food processing and IT/ITS.

On December 3, key thematic sessions on “SHG Women and School Transformation in Odisha” will be held in the Plenary Hall. Simultaneously, sectoral sessions on emerging sectors such as biotechnology, circular economy, health and pharmaceuticals, defense and aviation will be held in the session rooms.

Cultural programs will be held every day as well as laser and drone shows.

The event is likely to witness an attendance of around 20,000 to 25,000 people. Highest priority will be given to industries that create more jobs. The focus will be on creating industries using the raw materials available in the state, the official added.

The conclave has already been held in 2016 and 2018. In the 2016 edition, the state received more than 120 investment intentions valued at more than Rs. $2 million. It saw the attendance of over 270 exhibitors and witnessed an attendance of over 18500. In 2018, the state received investment intentions valued at over Rs. 4 lakh crore and witnessed an attendance of over 51,000 people.

On Monday, the CM launched the website and app for Make in Odisha Conclave-2022. He asked the various departments to work closely together for the success of the business summit.

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