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Naveen To Meet Diplomats

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to meet Diplomats of 16 different countries at the National Capital on 31 August.

Mr.Patnaik, who will leave on a six-day visit to New Delhi, will meet the Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Japan, South Korea, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, USA and some other counties and will request them to impress upon the investors of their countires to invest in Odisha.

As the MiO- 2022 conclave is being held in the Capital City after two years due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, CM’s meeting assumes importance.

The focus of the MiO-2022 this time would be on metals and metal downstream, chemicals and petrochemicals, textiles and apparel including technical textiles, food processing including seafood processing, Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM), logistics and clean energy.

Senior Officials informed that potential investors would be apprised on the state’s potential in all these sectors.

Mr.Patnaik will be speaking on the state’s business ecosystem and the ease of doing business reforms implemented by the state government, which has the advantage being the most stable government in the country.

Minister Industries, MSME and Energy Pratap Kesari Deb, Chief Secretary Suresh C Mohapatra, Principal Secretary Industries, Hemant Sharma and other senior officials will hold one-on-one meetings with investors from the region, the sources said.

Mr.Patnaik during the visit will also follow up on important pending jobs with the Union Government on other days and is scheduled to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Capital Foundation on 4 September. He is scheduled to return Odisha on 6 September, sources in the CMO said.

Earlier in June on the way back to the state from Italy, Patnaik had attended his first overseas investors’ meet in Dubai. He had invited investors from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to invest in Odisha.

Officials said that investment intents worth more than Rs 21,000 crore were received during the event, which scripted success.