FICCI mounts business delegation from West Bengal to Thailand
As a prelude to the West Bengal Summit on January 20-21, 2017 in Kolkata, international delegations and roadshows were organized jointly by the West Bengal Government and FICCI.
Dr. Amit Mitra, Industries and Finance Minister of West Bengal and Dr. Krishna Gupta, Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries, Government of West Bengal, were in Thailand between November 27-30, 2016 to promote closer engagement and cooperation in various fields and explore trade and investment opportunities between the Thailand and West Bengal.
On this occasion, FICCI mounted a business delegation of senior industry leaders from West Bengal from across sectors such as food processing, electronics, tourism, hospitality and infrastructure, manufacturing led by Harshavardhan Neotia, President, FICCI.
An interaction was organized with Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) by FICCI with the Government and business delegation from West Bengal on November 29, 2016 in Bangkok. The 12-member delegation from FTI was led by Dr Boonpeng Santiwattanatam, Vice Chairman, FTI.
On November 30, 2016, a business meet was organized by FICCI in partnership with WBIDC and The Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade (BOT) of Thailand in Bangkok.
Dr. Mitra highlighted the stable industry friendly policies, transparent governance and various developmental efforts that have helped to create enabling
Thailand looks at India as an important partner in the ASEAN region. Given the location of West Bengal, the upcoming east coast highways, railways and ports, there is a potential to increase trade and investments between Thailand and West Bengal.
environment for industrial investments in the state that is second to none. The state offers a wide range of opportunities for collaborations sectors such as food processing, electronics, tourism, hospitality and infrastructure, maritime sector, manufacturing and auto.
Virasakdi Futrakul, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand, said that Thailand looks at India as an important partner in the ASEAN region. Given the location of West Bengal, the upcoming east coast highways, railways and ports, there is a potential to increase trade and investments between Thailand and West Bengal.
B S Bishnoi, Ambassador of India to Thailand, spoke on the evolving India-Thailand relationship. Dr. Gupta made a presentation on the various investment opportunities West Bengal offers across a multitude of sectors.
Harshavardhan Neotia, President, FICCI, mentioned that while Thailand can be West Bengal's commercial bridge to Southeast Asia, the state provides Thailand with a huge domestic market and a low cost, high skill manufacturing base for Thai businesses for their global access. The slew of business friendly initiatives taken by the state government ensures a congenial investment environment.
Isara Vongkusolkit, Chairman, The Thai Chamber of Commerce and BOT of Thailand, mentioned upcoming road rail linkages would increase trade and investment between the countries. The major areas of collaborations include tourism, hotel, real estate, food processing, aqua, electronics and auto.
The Business Meeting in progress.