CII focuses on building Goa


Confederation of Indian Industry (Western Region) is going all out lock stock and barrel in partnering Goa’s focus on pharmaceutical, agriculture,
tourism, logistic and e-governance to lure big name investors to Goa. Once the Investment Policy and Tourism Promotion Board come into play, “Big names such as ITC, Mahindras and some IT cream have shown interest in investing in Goa,” the new CII -Goa chief Mr Atul Pai Kane told The Navhind Times on the sidelines of a press meet on CII Yearly Focus, Monday.
Taking off from Advantage Goa, a CII investors’ convention between Chief Minister Mr Manohar Parrikar and India’s big business houses in Mumbai, last year, many big industries assured the CM of coming to Goa, recalls vice chairman Mr Kirit Maganlal.
Following the successful industrial models of MP and Gujarat, the Goa CII is assured of technical support from Dr Rajiv Modi, Gujarat CII chairman. Talks are on with world renowned consultants KPMG; DHS and Ernest and Young among others on developing a model logistic hub, creating a road-map on the developing tourism hinterland, Mr Kane told the press meet.
Neturavali has been focused to be developed as a model village where its villagers will be involved in its development, and start their own business and create better lifestyle. Consultants have started working on it. The concept is to bring knowledge-based technology to the state. Other plans include a multi-model logistic hub for using Goa’s coastal waterways. He said NGOs will be invited to take part in the new Goa development.
More emphasis will be given to the pharmaceutical industry, bring in their research and development (R&D) to Goa as a green category industry. New impetus will be given to the pharma to increase their exports from the current ` 5000 crore. A White Paper has been prepared three months ago to develop Goa on the lines of Singapore.
 “WE want to develop Goa as a competent pharma, Life Science, R&D destination in the in the country and look to increase pharma exports through the ports of Goa. The government has taken steps to further E-governance in the state,” Mr Kane said, adding, positive efforts can bring about miracles, improving employability. [NT]