Emerging Kerala turned out to be virtual activity hub, with as many as 413 business-to-business (B2B) discussions between the Kerala entrepreneurs and leading businessmen from across the world taking place.
The meet witnessed investors showing interest in various sectors.
A total of 4,676 participants has registered for the meet including 2,512 business delegates, 510 media and nearly 323 experts, speakers and corporate leaders.
In all 2,183 delegates benefited from B2B and Business to Government meetings.
Some of the proposals discussed include setting up of knowledge village, ICT centres, health and wellness park, hydel and green energy projects, hotel and tourism projects, academic city, cyber park, logistics centres, animation centres and skill and vocational training centres.
142 proposals were discussed with various government departments. The total impact has left Chief Minister Oommen Chandy riding high and promising that his government is determined to make things happen.
“We are ready to discuss any apprehension or doubt on anything. But there will be no question of being cowed down by threats,” he said. Chandy said that it was a landmark event in the long years he had spent in public life.
“I am leaving this conference with full satisfaction. I have gained a lot of strength from this event. After feeling the abundant energy and enthusiasm flowing from the entrepreneurs assembled here, I am leaving feeling young at heart. Kerala has to emerge from within,” he said.
Chandy said that the delegations from various countries led by Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Mission heads had shown great interest in setting up projects in various sectors.
“They held discussions with the Government Departments concerned to take the process further. 43 business proposals were discussed between Kerala and companies from the UK, US, Japan and Canada.
“The government has proposed to set up working groups in each department to analyse proposals and give necessary clearances,” he said.
“We promise that we will create an appropriate mechanism for speedy and faster clearance for all projects. As announced earlier, the government will soon set up the Kerala State Investment Board for this purpose.
The government will also make necessary amendments to the Single Window Clearance Act including making the application process online for effective and faster clearance,” he said summing up the meet.