- As part of the preparations of VGGS 2017, a delegation from Gujarat representing the Government, organized Vibrant Gujarat roadshows in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Nairobi
- A total of 4 MoUs were signed during the visit
- Focus sectors of the delegation were Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Tourism, Agro & food processing and Energy
As part of the international outreach programme for the 8th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017, a high-level delegation led by Mr. Punamchand Parmar, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development & Urban Housing Department, Government of Gujarat visited Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria in South Africa from 12th - 14th September, 2016 and Nairobi in Kenya from 15th - 16th September, 2016. The aim of the visit was to further strengthen the brand India and facilitate meetings with prominent businessmen in South Africa & Kenya to discuss the potential of investments in the countries.
As Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit has seen a transformation from an investment exercise to India’s largest growth propelling event, the State Government has put significant impetus on inclusive and sustainable growth. In order to achieve this, the delegation spoke about the strengths of Gujarat, showcased the investment opportunities across various sectors which include Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Tourism, Gems & Jewellery, Agro & food processing and Energy and invited the participants to the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017.
Speaking on the success of the visit, leader of the delegation Mr. Punamchand Parmar, IAS said “In all our meetings in South Africa and Kenya, we found a significant convergence of mutual interests and a genuine deep-seated desire for closer cooperation. Four MoUs in all have been signed between the Government of Gujarat and chambers of commerce in both the countries to foster the mutual interest in trade and economic development and cultural interaction between both sides. There is an increasing awareness about growing business opportunities, especially in Tourism and Medical Tourism areas. Therefore we expect to have a significant participation from both the countries during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017.”
In South Africa, the Government of Gujarat organized roadshows in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Mr. Puneet Kundal, the Consul General of India in Cape Town, attended the roadshow in Cape Town. Dr. S Janakiraman, the Deputy High Commissioner of India to South Africa was present at the roadshow in Johannesburg.
The delegation met senior government officials from the department of International Relations & Cooperation, Trade & Industry, Tourism and Human Settlements in Pretoria. The delegation also had a series of meetings with the CEO’s and the top management of companies such as Old Mutual Properties, WESGRO, Compsol, Gauteng Growth & Development Agency (GGDA), Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA), Alternative Tourism in South Africa.
In Kenya, the Government of Gujarat along with the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KNCCI) organized a roadshow in Nairobi. H.E. Mrs. Suchitra Durai, the High Commissioner of India to Kenya, graced the roadshow with her presence. She talked about the historical relations between India & Kenya and was pleased about the visit of the delegation from Gujarat. The Deputy High Commissioner of India to Kenya and the National Vice Chairman of KNCCI were also present at the event.
The delegation met senior government officials from the department of Tourism, Trade and Housing & Urban Development. High profile meetings with ARM Cement Ltd., Abacus Group, Pharmaken, Devki Group, Hindu Council of Kenya, Aslan Adventure Tours & Travel Ltd were also held in Kenya.
It was therefore a remarkable achievement for the Vibrant Gujarat delegation as it received a very positive response, both in South Africa and Kenya.
About Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit:
The Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, which started in 2003 to rekindle the pace of investments in the state, has since established itself as the most important business events in the country. Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit is an example of the visionary approach of the Government of Gujarat towards inclusive and sustainable development by ensuring policy coherence and effective investment promotion. Far from the regional investment fair that characterized the first Summit in 2003, the biennial Summit has today become a unique forum for ideation, knowledge sharing, networking, explore business opportunities, sign cooperation agreements and partnerships, while setting the policy agenda to meet some of the current national challenges.
Having successfully organized seven constructive summits, Government of Gujarat, as part of its journey towards sustainable long-term growth and inclusive development is organizing the 8th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit from the 10th to 13th of January 2017 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar. The Summit will bring together Heads of States and Governments, Ministers, executives from the corporate world, senior policy makers, heads of international institutions and academia from around the world to further the cause of development and promote cooperation.