GUWAHATI, April 3 - �Entrepreneurship is the key to economic development of the State,� said Ravi Capoor, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Commerce, while delivering the keynote address at a seminar held on the prospects of plastic and polymer industries today.
The seminar, held on the sidelines of the Namami Brahmaputra Festival, was organised by the Department of Industries and Commerce, in association with AIDC and FICCI at Manas Symposium, Kasomari Ghat, Machkhowa here.
Capoor gave an in-depth insight into the prospects of jute, polymer, sugar, bamboo and food processing industries in Assam. He also underlined the viability of pink granite industry which is available in the State. �Sustained industrial growth is possible through indigenous raw materials,� he added.
He further stated that an amount of Rs 6,000 crore has been invested by major industrial players in the last ten months generating employment of over 40,000 youths in Assam. He called upon young entrepreneurs to mould their ideas to successful stories in the soon-to-be-launched incubators and invited investors to set up industrial parks.
Ashutosh Agnihotri, Commissioner and Secretary, Industries and Commerce said that the Namami Brahmaputra Festival has been organised to explore the potentialities and probabilities of this region and brand Assam as the centre of the vast South-East Asian markets.
Dr KK Dwivedi, Commissioner, Industries and Commerce said that Ease of Doing Business (EODB) and land banks have made it possible to set up industries in Assam within a few weeks� time.
AK Singh, Managing Director, BCPL and Biswajit Chakraborty, Director, North-East Advisory Council, FICCI were also present at today�s seminar.
A team from the State agriculture department comprising Assistant Director (Cash Crops) Dipendra Singha Deka, assistant directors of agriculture Dr Nripen Medhi and Mowsam Hazarika and State consultant of NFSM Dr Arunima Dev Choudhury also participated in the seminar.