Mamata Woos German Investors
West Bengal is the gateway to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, the chief minister tells a business forum in Munich
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday made an impassioned plea to investors, both foreign and those in the country, to invest in the state and assured them that her government would pull out all the stops to help and support.
"We will help. Give us the choice, we will give you all options. If you want to set up industry, the state government will give land from the land bank. Our land bank, land policy is ready. If you come, we will be happy," Banerjee said while addressing a business meeting in Munich.
Banerjee, who led a business delegation to Munich to explore investment opportunities, urged the German auto major BMW to consider investing in the state and said, "We have enough opportunities in transport sector. You will see with your own eyes the opportunities in Bengal," she said.
"If you think about India, first think about Bengal. Bengal is the gateway to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal. If you invest, you will get a ready market," she told the investors.
"If you want to invest, you have to set up one unit. Only ancillaries (industries) will not serve the purpose," she said.
Giving a personal touch to her fervent plea, the Chief Minister said, "please consider me as your sister. Consider Bengal as your home. Bengal is the destination".
State finance minister Amit Mitra, who had a meeting yesterday with senior management of the BMW in Munich had described it as a productive meeting.
"We told BMW that all options are open for them to invest in Bengal," he had stated.