**Bhubaneswa:** Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the three-day long ‘Make In Odisha’ conclave on Wednesday evening here aiming to attract big investments into the State and generate jobs.
Speaking to the media after the inaugurating the much-awaited three-day event at Janta Maidan here, Patnaik said: “I am extremely pleased to see the overwhelming response to the largest-ever business expo organised in Odisha. I would like to thank the industries for joining us and reposing confidence on the State. I hope the policy ecosystem and investment opportunities showcased in the expo will attract significant investment into the state and generate higher employment opportunities for the people.”
The conclave, which will conclude on December 2, aims at achieving Odisha’s goal of making the state a manufacturing hub of the East and most preferred investment destination in India.
The state government expects over 300 companies would participate in the conclave, where it will showcase investment opportunities in the state.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will address the plenary session of the conclave here on December 1.
Besides, top industrialists of the country including Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, Adani Group chief Gautam Adani, Larsen & Toubro Chairman A. M. Naik, Videocon Ltd Chairman Venugopal Dhoot and representatives from other industries will participate in the conclave, said the official on Wednesday.
The conclave will focus on smart city, chemicals, petrochemicals and plastics, tourism, textiles and apparel, food processing, skill development, electronics manufacturing and IT and defence manufacturing.