BY ENS AND PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the seventh edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2015 at Gandhinagar Mahatma Mandir on January 11. The Prime Minister’s Office “has kindly consented for the presence of the honourable PM at the inauguration”, chief minister Anandiben Patel said at the curtain-raiser event of the summit in New Delhi on Wednesday.
The event will see seven countries — Australia, Canada, China, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore and South Africa partnering with the state. Patel also invited India Inc to participate in the biennial investment summit. “The seventh ‘Vibrant Gujarat Summit’ has attracted the partnership of seven countries and states from India and I hope that it will lead India to shine across the seven seas,” said Patel. The event, started in 2003, was the brainchild of then chief minister Narendra Modi. Under his leadership, Gujarat hosted six editions of the summit. The seventh edition will be organised at the biggest scale so far, with Prime Minister Modi opening the event.
The chief minister also had one-to-one meeting with the heads of industry giants. On the event’s sidelines, she also met envoys of Japan and South Korea — Takeshi Yagi and Lee Joon-gyu, respectively ? for deliberating on bilateral relationships. Besides, high-level delegations from Thailand and Israel and Railway Board chairman Arunendra Kumar also held personal meetings with Patel. D J Pandian, Additional Chief Secretary (Industries), said, “The event will have India’s largest exhibition area of around 1,25,000 square metres (bigger than Delhi’s Pragati Maidan) with an expected participation from over 2,000 companies, two million-plus visitors and over 2,500 international delegates.”
The summit will also have eight theme seminars, including the ones on smart cities, Small and Medium Enterprises, hub for defence production, international finance centre, water management, health, sustainable energy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
With Gujarat contributing 7.5 per cent of the country’s GDP, the chief minister hoped to have a bigger role for herstate in the Indian economy. Highlighting the importance of the summit, Patel said in the 2015 edition, the government was giving considerable thrust to social sectors, including health, education, women empowerment and specialised areas such as innovation and climate change.
Industry and Finance Minister Saurabh Patel said that Gujarat had become a power surplus state from a power deficit one. He gave details about Sardar Sarovar Dam due to which north Gujarat regions, including Kutc’’s barren lands, have been””livened u””. Gujarat Chief Secretary Dr Varesh Sinha opined that the business-to-business (B2B) meet will give a new direction to the summit.