The Indian Chamber of Commerce in association with the North Bengal Development Department has organized conference today titled “DESTINATION: NORTH BENGAL– Sustainable, Economic and Social Development” on 21st June, 2019 at Siliguri. The conference provided a competent platform to address the opportunities and challenges for overall industrial and social development of North Bengal. At end they conduct focused sessions on Agriculture and Food Processing, Services Sector, Tea, Tourism, Industrial Growth, and Trade & Investment and MSMEs with the view to generate investor and stakeholder interest and work upon development initiatives for the region.
North Bengal with its plethora of natural resources, lush landscapes, huge skilled manpower and most importantly its strategic location has made it to the priority list of both Government of West Bengal and that of Government of India. However, the region’s potential still remain untapped to the desired extent. While some work is happening in avenues of tea, tourism, infrastructure and social development, there is need of an investment drive, particularly in the MSME sector in which the region exhibits significant potential. Thus, Destination: North Bengal will bring together Government officials, industry associates, policy makers, local development authorities, Consulates and Consul General to explore the growing opportunities in North Bengal, address the challenges, delve on the future plans of the Government across the potential sectors in the region and find means to attract investment in the same, while at the same time promoting cross border trade and investment.
The conference was graced by senior Government officials from West Bengal and also the neighbouring nations of Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. Prominent dignitaries who will attend the forum include H.E Mr Ashish Mirdha, Indian Consul General, PHUENTSHOLING, Mr Leki Tenzin, Consul, Bhutan, Mr. Mohammed Saiful Islam, First Secretary (Commerce), Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh, Mr Thinley Wanchuk, Consul General, Consulate General of Bhutan, and Mr Eaknarayan Aryal, Consul General, Consulate General Of Nepal. Other eminent personalities who were present included Mr. Jahangir Alam, Secretary & CEO, India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mr Surendra Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary, GTA, Mr Sonam Wangdi Bhutia, Commissioner Municipal Corporation and Mr Subramani P, Director Airport, Siliguri and many more.