• Bengal Global Business Summit this week, Ambani among industrialists likely to attend
    Indian Express | 20 November 2023
  • The country’s top industrialists, from Reliance Industries chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani to Harshvardhan Neotia and Sajjan Jindal are likely to attend the seventh edition of the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS), beginning in Kolkata from November 21.

    The two-day summit, organised by the West Bengal government with an aim to attract investments for the state, will be attended by representatives from the country’s top business houses, like the ITC, Ambuja Neotia, and Hiranandani Group, said officials.

    According to a senior government official, Mukesh Ambani is likely to attend the BGBS this year along with other industrialists such as Sanjeev Goenka, Sanjeev Puri, Purnendu Chattopadhyay, Harshvardhan Neotia, and Sajjan Jindal.

    Whether Adani Group chairperson Gautam Adani will attend the two-day business Summit has not been confirmed, officials said, adding that representatives of the group will be present.

    Launched by the TMC government in the state, the summit envisions bringing together corporate leaders, business delegations, entrepreneurs, academia, and think tanks from around the globe with the purpose of making strategic and business alliances as well as learning about the industrial ecosystem and business-friendly initiatives of the state.

    The Summit will host plenary sessions, Parallel Global Conferences, sectoral sessions for focus sectors, and country sessions with partner countries, besides B2Bs (Business-to-Business) and B2Gs (Business-to-Government) meetings.

    This year the focus areas are two sectors – manufacturing and industries including MSME & textiles and engineering, plastics and chemicals; infrastructure, including energy, transport, and urban infrastructure and real estate; agriculture and allied; health; education; tourism; International trade & logistics; IT & ITeS; creative economy and Inclusive economy.

    Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s principal chief adviser, Amit Mitra, had said in August that the West Bengal government will announce several policy measures at the summit. “Several policies are in the process which you will hear about at the Bengal Global Business Summit,” Mitra had said.

    With a 55-member delegation, the United Kingdom will have the largest presence at this year’s summit. The delegation will comprise people from a wide range of businesses and institutions, the British Deputy High Commission said in a statement.

    Alex Ellis, the British High Commissioner to India, will visit Kolkata and will be accompanied by the UK’s Deputy Trade Commissioner to South Asia Anna Shotbolt.

    “I am greatly looking forward to leading the UK’s largest-ever delegation to the Bengal Global Business Summit in Kolkata, including learning about West Bengal’s pioneering green transition for the electrification of its public transport system. I hope the summit will help British businesses to expand here and that companies from Bengal can enhance their footprint in the UK,” said Ellis.

    The UK, in collaboration with the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will facilitate a ‘B2B (Business-to-Business) UK country session on ‘Building a Net Zero Future’ along the sidelines of the summit at ITC Sonar on November 21. “The UK-India 2030 Roadmap agreed by our prime ministers promised to transform trade and investment between the UK and India. That’s what we are here to do,” said Andrew Fleming, British Deputy High Commissioner to East and Northeast India.

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