Chandigarh, August 24–Industry in Canada has evinced keen interest in making investments in solar power, medicare, services and other sectors in Haryana during an interactive session held at the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce with the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, in Toronto yesterday. The Chamber has under its canopy many top-tier Canadian and Indian companies.
Mr Manohar Lal is leading a high level official-cum-business delegation to US and Canada to woo investors. Realising full well that business and trade need a favourable environment to grow, the Haryana Government has pulled all stops to prepare the pitch for industry in its new industrial policy, he said.
Addressing business tycoons, many of them Indian-Canadian, the Chief Minister said that both India and Canada had many things in common. “Our ultimate goal is to create maximum employment opportunities for the youth of the state. Haryana is fast growing and it would continue to march ahead. Your contribution is required to maintain and accelerate this pace. We have created a congenial environment for entrepreneurs to invest in Haryana. If there is any scope for improvement, things will be reviewed and revised every quarter”, he added.
The Chief Minister highlighted to Canadian investors the comparative edge the state enjoyed as an investment destination and the regulatory reform measures undertaken by the state government to promote business and industry in recent months. Outlining the salient features of the state's "New Enterprise Promotion Policy 2015,” he said, “We in Haryana strive to attract both international and domestic business and investment.”
Reflecting our commitment to putting the state in high-growth orbit and building a strong and vibrant industrial economy, the policy aims at easing further the ease-of-doing business; giving a fillip to the existing units; and taking industry to the hinterland. Besides, we have also laid stress on good governance and IT initiatives to quicken the pace of work, the Chief Minister said. The Single Window Clearance System, housed in the Chief Minister’s Office, had been made operational. Apart from giving all clearances within two months, the new policy provides online platform for third party verifications and self-certifications.
Strategically located and surrounding the national capital on three sides, Haryana enjoys high-end connectivity by air, rail and roads. The law-and-order situation is excellent. Simplified, investor-friendly and transparent investment procedures apart, the state also boasts of a responsive and supportive administrative set-up, he added.
The Chief Minister invited business executives to ‘Happening Haryana’, a conclave planned in the state early next year. The Premier of Ontario Ms. Kathleen Wynne, will be visiting Haryana in January or February 2016.
Speaking on this occasion, Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, highlighted the locational and other advantages that would attract foreign investors to come and become a part of the Haryana growth story.
Leader of business delegation, Mr. Deep Kapuria, said, “We have never seen before such kind of favourable environment for investment in the state”.
Those present on the occasion included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, High Commissioner of India to Canada Mr. Vishnu Prakash, Principal Secretary, Haryana Industries Mr. Devender Singh, President, Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Sanjay Makkar, Managing Director HSIIDC Mr. Vineet Garg, Director General Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, and members of CII and ICCC.
Earlier, the Chief Minister visited Air India Memorial to pay tributes to the 329 persons, most of whom were of Indian-origin, killed in the Air India Kanishka crash in 1985.
Later, in the evening a grand community reception was hosted by the Indian diaspora to welcome the Chief Minister where he urged them to invest in Haryana.