As part of the planned campaign, five successful cases of skilled youths who have earned their stripes as a professional or entrepreneur will be highlighted. The case study of the successful entrepreneurs would centre on the nature and genesis of their business units, people employed, turnover achieved, challenges confronted during the establishment of these businesses and future plans for expansion and diversification. In addition, the details of five exceptional skill development institutes in the states will be documented.
Separately, a delegation of the state government led by industries minister Ananta Das is on a tour to Saudi Arabia, Italy and Germany to stage roadshows for the impending investment summit. The team will also work out possibilities for engaging a partner country for the event. At these promotional events, the focus is on pulling investors in textiles and also for the aluminium park at Angul jointly promoted by National Aluminium Company (Nalco) and Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco).
At the inaugural edition of ‘Make in Odisha’ in December 2016, CII was roped in as an industry partner. Odisha drew investment intents valued at Rs 2.03 trillion at the event. Sixty per cent of those investments are now into various stages of approval or implementation.
Over the last four years, the state has made rapid strides in attracting manufacturing investments with 118 large projects approved, promising employment for 128,572 people. The average time taken for approval to projects has also narrowed to 20 days from the date of receipt of a completed project application. In ‘Ease of Doing Business’ reforms, Odisha has drastically improved its compliance rate from 52.12 per cent in 2015 to 97.83 per cent in 2017.