Reliance Industries chairman, Mukesh Ambani, on Tuesday endorsed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for creating a conducive environment for businesses in the state. Applauding the West Bengal government's economic activities and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Ambani said: "Didi, under your leadership, Bengal is becoming the best Bengal". A miracle has happened because of an industrial peace and pace in the state. By December 2018, the entire state will be covered by Jio.
He also said his company is exploring the possibility of setting up a manufacturing facility for mobile phones and set-top boxes. It will bring superior digital services in every home and enterprise.
"The state government has never given a complete report on how many proposals have fructified from the previous business summit". Secondly, we are embarking on an ambitious project of connecting Bengal with optic fibre. We love the unity of India. "It is a collective family and without you, we account think and organise the event", she said.
"The presence of so many industry leaders shows that Bengal means business", she said.
JSW Group's chief Sajjan Jindal has pledged Rs 10,000 crore and the group, which inaugurated Rs 800-crore cement plant in West Midnapore district, has interests in setting up paint and speciality steel making units in the state.
Executive vice-chairman and MD of Kotak Mahindra Bank, Uday Kotak said, "There is a mindset change in Bengal and as investors, we have to understand that future is in the east". We have more than walked the talk. He said that while West Bengal figured among the group's largest investments in India, RIL had also emerged as one of West Bengal's largest investors. Come and invest in Bengal.
Polish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marek Magierowski told the session that the country is looking forward to investments and joint ventures in the coal and mining sectors in the state.
But the state is exhausted and I invite industrialists to come to Bengal and invest here. "At that time, we were new to Bengal..."
France, another partner country at the big-ticket business summit, said signing of an MoU can be expected tomorrow. The state's GDP growth is the best and much higher than the national average. We have excelled in e-governance and e-tax collection. Without industry, a country can not grow. "I had discouraged my son from coming to West Bengal. If there is a problem, we sort it out", she said. "Apart from these, the group is investing Rs 1,000 crore in Bengal's power distribution network and also in a state-of the-art hospital in Kolkata".
The summit elicitated positive response from members of the European Union too.