Odisha became the third state in the eastern region and fifth in
India, after Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar to
take the “giant step” towards creating a conducive and vibrant environment for
businesses when Government of Odisha, exchanged a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) on building a Master Plan on Ease of Doing Business
in Odisha with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Lee
Kuan Yew School for Public Policy (LKYSPP) of Singapore here today during
the Launch of Industrial Policy Resolution 2015 by Shri Naveen Pattnaik,
Hon'ble chief Minister of Odisha.
Professor Tan Kong Yam,
Co-Director, ACI-LKYSPP-NUS; Mr Sanjeev Chopra, IAS, Principal Secretary,
Department of Industries, Government of Odisha and Mr D S Ravindra Raju,
Chairman CII Odisha State Council & Whole Time Director, Paradeep
Phosphates Limited exchanged
As per the MoU, the Odisha
Government, CII and LKYSPP will collaborate in conducting joint research and
capacity building on issues related to the ease of doing business in Odisha.
Significantly, the MoU will enable Odisha to utilize the Asia Competitiveness
Institute (ACI) of Singapore as a platform for investment research, study
economic situations and explore investment opportunities in ASEAN and China.
Shri Debi Prasad
Mishar, Hon'ble Minister of Industries & School and Mass Education,
Odisha appreciated and congratulated CII for bringing LKY School of Public
Policy in Odisha and signing the agreement on creating the master plan on Ease
of Doing Business in the state. He said that the state government has already
taken quite a few initiatives to create a business friendly ecosystem in the
state and he hoped that the tripartite agreement between the Government of
Odisha, LKY School of Public Policy and CII would go a long way in making
Odisha an industry friendly state.
media Professor Tan Kong Yam, Co-Director, ACI-LKYSPP-NUS listed the key
parameters to be followed for attracting investors and business friendliness.
“The main objective of the MoU is
to set a vision and build a roadmap for starting and doing businesses in
Odisha. In every respect, it is an epoch-making partnership,” said , Mr D
S Ravindra Raju, Chairman, CII Odisha State Council,addressing media.
“Here in Odisha, we will conduct
joint research programmes with general strategies and specific topics of
interest including assessment on ease of doing business and enhancement of
economic competitiveness thereby attracting investors to the state. We will
also explore common interests and opportunities between the Odisha Government
and private sector investors, both local and foreign, on strategies for
improving ease of doing business with particular emphasis on attracting
investors and business friendliness,” said Mr D S Ravindra Raju. He
also thanked the State Government and LKYSPP for coming forward and
joining this win-win partnership. He further stated that CII will continue to
work with the Odisha Government for the overall growth and development
of the state.
“This agreement is not just a
document, but a bold statement of a collective intent to transform Odisha into
a state of thriving and robust economic activities – something that will go a
long way in spurring industrial growth in the State and economic prosperity for
the people at large”, added Mr Raju.
Mr Sanjay Pattnaik, Vice
Chairman, CII Odisha State Council were also present during the occasion.
3 September 2015