Chandigarh, August 23– Haryana today is an ideal location not only for making capital investments but also for testing new ideas and innovations thanks to the forward looking policies of the Government in all spheres.
This was stated today by Mr. Manohar Lal while addressing representatives of Canadian business groups at a round-table conference at Vancouver in Canada. He said that never before was the environment so conducive and soil so fertile in the state for the seeds of innovative ideas to germinate and blossom. The Chief Minister is leading a delegation to US and Canada to attract investors to Haryana.
The Industries Minister, Capitain Abhimanyu is part of the delegation which has reached Vancouver from USA. Highlighting the comparative edge Haryana enjoys as an investment destination and the regulatory reform measures taken by the state government to enhance the ease-of-doing business, Mr Manohar Lal said, Haryana, a land of opportunities, had several potential areas for making investments. These include energy sector, especially renewable energy, bio-technology, information technology, education, medicare and healthcare, electronic manufacturing, agri logistics and food processing as well as micro, small and medium enterprises. He invited them all to invest in and grow with Haryana.
Recalling his delegation's business meetings with entrepreneurs in New York, Washington DC, Maryland, Connecticut and San Francisco he said that they had evinced keen interest in making investments in the state in such sectors as IT, ITES, solar, services etc. He disclosed that four MoUs had been signed with Google, Applied Materials, CISCO and United Technologies by the state Government during the visit. The delegation has also held political meetings to explore the possibilities of furthering bilateral relations by business relations.
Describing the new Entrepreneur Promotion Policy, 2015 as the best policy ever announced by any Indian state government, the Chief Minister said, “We have made necessary policy changes and are continuing to develop such policies and programs as enable us to win the trust of foreign investors so that they can come and invest in Haryana in a big way.” Haryana has locational advantage as it surrounds New Delhi, the capital of India, on three sides. Besides, the state has good infrastructure and the law-and-order situation is conducive to growth. Besides, there is a facilitating, positive and proactive government backed by a strong administrative team. “We have a strong agri-based economy and facilitate manufacturing activity with ancillary industry and skilled manpower. The IT/ITES/ICT/BPO industry is ready to catapult to the next level,” the Chief Minister added.
Speaking on this occasion, the Industries and Commerce Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, invited business leaders to come and witness the entrepreneur-friendly environment in Haryana and expand their industrial base in the state. We have an enabling environment for investment in his state, he said highlighting the key pillars of the new Entrepreneur Promotion Policy 2015.
Earlier, the Principal Secretary, Industries, Mr Devender Singh, made a brief presentation on the new policy and what Haryana offers to investors. A vote of thanks was given by the Consul General of India,
Mr. Amarjit Singh.
Those present on the occasion included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, Mr Vineet Garg,
Director General Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department, Dr Abhilaksh Likhi, Mr Wally Uppal, representatives of business groups and reprentatives of the Confederation of Indian