**Bhubaneswar:** The World Bank report on Odisha’s performance in attracting investors has come as a big boost for the State which is working on mission mode to drive business opportunities.
Odisha has been ranked as an “aspiring leader” in an investment preparedness survey jointly conducted by Invest India and World Bank, which assessed 21 Indian states.
Odisha scored 80 per cent, which was significantly above the national average of 70 per cent and it shared “aspiring leaders” bracket with four other states, BJD Spokesperson Sasmit Patra said.
In the Attracting Investment and Infrastructure Development criteria Odisha scored full marks. This is because Odisha Government has consistent policy and programmes which are implemented in timely and effective manner, said Patra.
“The manner in which Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has laid focus on infrastructure development and business-friendly environment in the past 18 years, is interpreted in the World Bank report,” he added.
Senior Journalist Dillip Satpathy said that Odisha has an abundance of minerals, water resources, a vast coastline and comparatively peaceful environment, which suits any industry to thrive. “The policy of the Government has been attractive for investments but people of the State need to be sensitized about the benefits of industrialization,” he added.
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