Bhubaneswar: World Trade Center (WTC) Bhubaneswar, celebrated World Trade Day here in the city. Members of the trade body joined together for the Annual meeting to celebrate last year’s achievements and to chart a productive path for the next year.
Chief Guest Shri. Prafulla Samal, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister, MSME, Government of Odisha, highlighted the initiatives by the Odisha government in simplifying business and getting national recognition in skills development. He shared that Odisha is greatly poised to be the most important destination for startups.
Shri. L.N. Gupta, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of MSMEs Government of Odisha highlighted the achievements of his department and shared his positive expectation for the next year. He spoke about the rapid growth in the exports from the state. “We are confident to achieve the target of 1 lakh crore exports” he added.
Shri.Sanjeev G. Dewalwar, IRS , Commissioner, Central Excise, Customs & Service Tax, Bhubaneswar spoke about the GST interventions and the need for simplified tax procedures in the expansion of trade.
Prof (Dr.) K. Rangarajan, Head, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Kolkata. He focused on the utility of trade in economic development and peacebuilding. Speaking on “International Trade – Gateway for Odisha’s Prosperity”, he highlighted the inter-relationship of trade with poverty eradication.
Earlier Ms. Rupa Naik, Senior Director, World Trade Centre Mumbai and Director, World Trade Centre Bhubaneswar welcomed the guests. “World Trade Day is a unique platform for trade and industry to understand the emerging issues of global business.
Through World Trade Day we are aiming to reach out to trade and industry of Odisha to make them aware of the importance and relevance of international trade in building a strong economy of the State of Odisha. The State of Odisha must take cognizance of these developments and mobilize and encourage the MSME sector to adopt appropriate strategies to become competitive and effective in global markets.” she said.
WTC also announced the launching of Sectoral Think Tanks in five identified sectors namely Tourism and Hospitality, Infrastructure and Smart City, Technology, Innovation and Start-ups, Agriculture & Food Processing and WTC Women Forum, to facilitate academic, policy and industry discussions in identified areas for better awareness and effective policymaking.
The vote of Thanks was proposed by Ms. Nimeshika Natarajan Assistant Director of WTC.
The Center also presented recognitions and awards to its selected members from across sectors.