Seeking to attract investment in the IT and IT-enabled services, pharmaceutical, tourism, entertainment and education sectors in the state, the Goa investment forum organized by the Goa chamber of commerce and industry (GCCI), in association with the federation of Indian chambers of commerce and industry (FIand the Government of Goa begins in Panaji on Saturday.
The one-day conference will focus on attracting investment from knowledge-based industries and will see deliberations between major industry players and the state government.
Manguirish Pai Raikar, GCCI President, told TOI, “We want Goa to be on the national scene and FICCI has the expertise for bringing in investment.” He felt the investment would not only boost the state’s economy, but would also provide jobs to Goa’s youth.
“This is the first step of building economic growth in the state,” he added, while saying that the forum is expected to generate investment of at least 5000 crore. The forum is likely to see the participation of around 150 companies, thrice the number initially expected.
Deepak Mukhi, deputy director of FICCI, said that “Through the forum, we are attempting to create awareness buzz attract investment in 4-5 focus areas without pressure on land or the environment of the state.”
The investment forum will begin with a breakfast meeting between Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and CEOs of a few top companies at a Miramar hotel on June 30.
R V Kanoria, president of FICCI, will deliver the welcome address. A presentation of a knowledge paper on Goa by GCCI is also scheduled.
There will also be a panel discussion on the Next Growth Wave: IT & ITES, pharma, light engineering & tourism chaired by Ajit Ranade, chief economist of the Aditya Birla Group and featuring R Ramanan, CEO of CM Ltd, Sunil Agarwal, director of Software Technology Parks of India, Aditi Panandikar, MD of Indoco Remedies Ltd, Shirish Deshpande, CEO of Essel World and Water Kingdom, Chander Baljee, CMD of Royal Orchid Hotels Ltd, and others.
The session will also discuss strategies to sustain the growth momentum in traditionally strong sectors such as tourism for the continuous creation of employment. Among companies participating in the forum are Accenture, Persistent Systems, Wipro, CMC Ltd Tech Mahindra, Mastek, WNS Global Services, Prism Informatics, Softbridge, Indoco, Genpharma, Groove Temple, Airsonic Travels, Essel World, Royal Orchid Hotels Ltd, Marck Bio Sciences and Ranbaxy Pharma.
Courtesy : TOI