Imphal: Addressing a press conference today in Imphal regarding preparations of the upcoming G20 Summit, Manipur Education, Law & Legislative Affairs Minister, Basantakumar Singh said that Manipur will host the first of the four B20 sessions scheduled in the Northeast India.
Business 20 (B20) is the official G20 dialogue forum for the global business community.
Basantakumar also said that the B20 conference scheduled on February 17, 2023 will be jointly graced by Chief Minister of Manipur N.Biren Singh, Som Prakash, Minister of State, Commerce & Industries, Government of India and Dr R K Ranjan Singh, Minister of State, External Affairs, Government of India in the presence of senior Manipur and central government officials.
Basantakumar also said that the B20 conference in Imphal will witness the convergence of a host of overseas delegates from 23 nations representing Australia, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Chad, Canada, China, France, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Nepal, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia,Uganda, the United States and the United Kingdom. These nations are the most powerful group of nations which produce about 85 % of the world’s GDP. Besides the delegates from these countries, visiting dignitaries include 26 overseas business delegates and 24 diplomats including ambassadors from these countries and India. Incoming trade and business delegations and representatives from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Japan, Australia will participate at the programme.
As part of the programme, the Manipur Chief Minister is facilitating Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Government (B2G) meetings. Visiting overseas business delegates would get the opportunity to interact with the local industries during the B2B and with the Government in the B2G session for potential investment, collaboration and tie-ups. Over 100 B2B and B2G queries have been generated including requests for interaction with government departments – Health and Family Welfare, Skill Development, Sports,Urban Development, Textiles, Finance & Taxation, Tourism, Industries & Commerce, IT, Agriculture and Fisheries, he added.
The minister then stated that taking advantage of the presence of a large contingent of international delegates, the Government of Manipur is making elaborate arrangements not only to showcase investment and partnership opportunities in the state but also provide a unique experience for the visiting delegates with an exposure to Manipur’s culture, cuisine, art, festivities, and scenic beauty.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Tourism, Pradeep Kumar Jha also said that the security detailed for the delegates are all women police personnel to showcase women empowerment. He also mentioned that all delegates will visit the renowned Ima Market (all-women market). He further made an appeal to the people of Manipur to cooperate and give their best efforts to make this historic event successful.
Representatives of the Confederate of Indian Industries (CII), Director (IPR) and officials from the Press Information Bureau (PIB) also participated at the press conference.