The state government was making all possible efforts for overall and sustainable development of the state and for seeking investments to the state to make it an industrial hub. This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the prominent business leaders of UAE during the business leaders forum at Dubai, today.The Chief Minister is on four day visit to UAE to participate in ‘road show’ being organized by the state government in cooperation with Indian Embassy and Consulate General in UAE and Confederation of Indian Industries, Himachal Pradesh. The Chief Minister said that state offers attractive incentives under its industrial policy to boost investment in the state. The state government is in the process of amending the policy to make it more attractive and industry friendly. The state is also coming up with some of the policies in sectors like tourism, logistics, aroma, housing and real estate, IT and electronics, he added.Jai Ram Thakur said that the state is endeavouring to make Himachal Pradesh as one of the best investment destinations in India. The state places special emphasis on business partnerships for the development of micro, small and medium enterprises. He said that the government is putting up significant efforts in improving ease of doing business which is visible in the improved rankings done by the government of India. He said that state is now ranked top among fast movers category in ease of doing reforms in the country.He extended invitation to the members of the business leaders forum to be a part of the Global Investors Meet being organized at Dharamshala and explore business and collaboration opportunities. 'Once you come to Himachal, we are very sure that you will not like to leave and this is the kind of advantage and opportunity that Himachal presents', he said.
Industries Minister Bikram Singh speaking on the occasion appreciated the spirit of Indian entrepreneurs who have converted UAE into a global business destination. He also lauded the initiatives taken by the Chief Minister to reach out the business community in the country and outside the country. He shared that a very favourable investment climate has been created in HP and appealed to the investors’ community to come and invest in the State.Chief Minister also had meetings with Chairman and Managing Director MMS Dr. Anil Sharma, Chairman AL Ghurair Investments Essa Ghurair, Commissioner Trade and Development of government of Australia at Dubai, Pankaj Savera and Vice Chairman Sharaf Group Sharafuddin.The delegation held meeting with President, India-Middle East Agro Trade Industry and Investment Forum (IMEA-TIIF) Sudhakar Tomar which has multinational agriculture and food systems supply chain. They also invited him to participate in Global Investor Meet. Additional Chief Secretary, Industries Manoj Kumar explained about various incentives being offered by the state in food processing sector.Sudhakar Tomar said that he wants to explore the possibility of ginger sourcing and also processing of horticulture.A MoU was signed between Sharaf Group and government of Himachal Pradesh to explore investment possibility in logistic park, dry port and supporting infrastructure.Additional Chief Secretaries Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Manoj Kumar and Ram Subhag Singh, Director Industries Hans Raj Sharma, Special Secretary Abid Hussain Sadiq, Principal Private Secretary to CM Vinay Singh, representatives of CII, Himachal Pradesh were also present on the occasion among others.