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Look East and Smart Nation
Today's column catch line is ''Bengal and Singapore Govt. to jointly set up 'Business Center' in Kolkata of India.'' Past couple of years India have had tried to follow 'Look East' tradition by policy and Indian mythological cultural values. From today we are proud to enjoy with Mamata Banarjee C.M of West Bengal and Lee Hsien Long P.M Singapore, that is Netaji Subhash Bose's Bengal are co- business partner of Singapore. Post 20th century 712 sq.miter Singapore Island presently popular Business hurt from Asia with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long in 21st century. P.M Lee has proudly announced on Singapore Independence day that, 'Singapore will be smart Nation'.
Earlier Mamata Banarjee has officially accepted invitation of Singapore govt and within 38 days dynamic 'Mukhyamantri' (CM) of W.B have been finalized MoU between Singapore and West Bengal.
As per AITMC News web report, ''WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee today held a meeting with the Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong at Shangri La hotel in Singapore. After the meeting, she met the press and said that the meeting was positive, constructive and fruitful.
She said that the focus of the meeting was industry, business and trade. She talked about the land bank, land map and power bank of the State. She also said that Singapore and Bengal will jointly set up a Business Centre in Kolkata.''
There another story that is also part of 'Look East' cultural relationship in our desk top. Sources said, another team of 'representative of 'Federation of Association of Cottage and Small Industries' (FACSI) will visit Bangladesh for agreement( MoU) with 'Bangladesh National Association Small and Cottage Industries.' on 18th August, 2014. We have received in details report from AITMC News about agreement with Singapore, lets follow.
''The meeting with Singapore PM was positive and fruitful. He was very cordial. He is aware of West Bengal and Kolkata. We have invited him to visit our State. We told him about the progress made by Changi Airport in the construction of Andal airport. Bengal and Singapore will jointly set up a Business Centre in Kolkata; it will come up in 18 months. We invited the Prime Minister to inaugurate the Centre.
We told him that we want to create a Chair at Calcutta University in the name of his father and the first Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew. We want to develop the relation between Bengal and Singapore in a more cordial manner.
He inquired about the MNCs working in Bengal, like those from Japan. We informed him about the total scenario. We have focused on industry, business and trade. We have told the Singapore PM about our land bank, land map and power bank. Bengal is endowed with hills, forests, rivers and sea coast. We have a lot of scope for tourism. We told him about the scope of investment in our Financial Hub and informed him about the urban cities that are being developed.
I told him that this was my first foreign trip in the last 15 years. I told the PM that since the time difference between Kolkata and Singapore is just two and a half hours, it will be an important advantage in business. We also told him that the loss of mandays in Bengal have come down from 78 lakhs to zero. We also informed him about our GSDP growth and other such statistics. The meeting was excellent, positive and constructive. Singapore PM wished us well and hoped that our business meeting tomorrow will be a success. We chose Singapore for investment destination because of geographical, historical, political and cultural reasons. We have requested the Singapore PM to make Kolkata a part of the diamond jubilee celebrations of Indo-Singapore ties.' '
52 CEO from various Industries and 12 govt executive went kolkata Airport with C.M Mamata Banarjee's business and diplomatic convoy. Media team also joined her Air trip for media support.
We would like to produce W.B Demography: Area- 88,752 sq.km., Population- 80.176 million, Male-41.46million, Female-38.71million, Sex Ratio (Female per `000male)-934, Population Density-904 per sq km. Urban Population (% of Total Population)-27.97%, Literacy Rate-68.64, Birth Rate as on 2005 (per `000 persons per annum)-18.80, Birth Rate as on 2005 (per `000 persons per annum)-8180, Death Rate (Per `000% per annum)-6.40, Total Workforce (% of Total Population)-36.77%, Female Workforce (% of Total Female Population)-18.32%, Male Workforce (% of Total Male Population-53.99%. (Data Source: Economic Review 2006-2007, Government of West Bengal and WBIDC. Please tally with update data.)
Now we are hope full with Amit Mitra, West Bengal Minister of Industry, He said in Bengali version with one Bengali News Channel. ''কয়েক বছর আগে পর্যন্ত সিঙ্গাপুর নামক দেশটির আমেরিকা, ইউরোপ, জাপানের প্রতি নজর ছিল। এখন ভারতের প্রতি নজর দিতে শুরু করেছে। ভারতে একটি অফিস খুলেছে ওই দেশের সরকার। HDFC Bank এর সাথে যৌথভাবে কাজ করবে।
আস্তে আস্তে বিভিন্ন ক্ষেত্রে বিনিয়োগ করতে আগ্রহী। নির্মাণ শিল্প, খাদ্যপ্রক্রিয়াকরণ এবং উৎপাদন ক্ষেত্রে যে সব শিল্পপতি বিনিয়োগ করতে আগ্রহী তাদের সঙ্গে সিঙ্গাপুর সরকার কথা বলবে। আমি আশাবাদী এই সফরের প্রভাব আমাদের রাজ্যে পড়বে।''
And we want to follow that is 'The greater common good.'