Industrialists and officials
from India and 35 other countries would take part in the two-day Bengal
Business Conclave beginning Wednesday in the sea resort of Digha as the
Mamata Banerjee led government in the state is making a desperate bid to
rope in big ticket investment which has eluded the West Bengal for
With the state slated to hold Assembly elections in 2021,
the pressure on the Trinamool Congress government is immense to draw
investors for much-needed job creation in a state known for its high
unemployment rate and flight of capital through the decades.
US, the UK, Poland, France, Czechoslovakia, Australia, China and
Bangladesh are among the nations from where delegates are slated to take
part in the conclave, where a number of MOUs are expected to be signed.
convention would be inaugurated at 2 p.m. on Wednesday by Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee at the newly-built Biswa Bangla Convention
Centre. A large number of business to business and business to
government meetings are lined up on day two before the concluding
session deliberates on the sectoral opportunities in the state.
to the state government, the convention seeks to focus on regional
cooperation and strengthening ties with partner countries, states and
cities of the Bengal Global Business Summit, the previous edition of
which was held in February.
The conference will bring together distinguished dignitaries, top corporates, thought leaders and senior diplomats.
sectors in focus would include agriculture and allied services, energy,
infrastructure, manufacturing, MSMEs and tourism, particularly sea