Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel:
• Aim to make Gujarat a 1 trillion-dollar economy when India completes 100 years of Independence
• FICCI has been instrumental in fulfilling Prime Minister’s vision of Vibrant Gujarat as the Summit of Bonding not Branding
• The government is on its toes to promote Sustainable Development
Deliberations between committee members from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa, and Tamil Nadu
Addressing the FICCI National Executive Committee Meeting held at Ahmedabad, Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel said that the ‘Summit of Success’ was recently celebrated to mark 20 years of Vibrant Gujarat, in the presence of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He emphasised that FICCI has truly fulfilled Prime Minister’s vision of Vibrant Gujarat as the Summit of Bonding not Branding. The government is preparing to create a ‘Viksit Bharat’ through ‘Viksit Gujarat’ during ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal’. The Chief Minister said that the theme of the Vibrant Summit, to be held in January 2024, is ‘Gateway to the Future’.
Acknowledging FICCI’s participation in every Vibrant Summit since 2003, the Chief Minister said that FICCI has played an important role in portraying Gujarat as the Growth Engine of India. The Chief Minister also expressed confidence that FICCI will contribute in making Gujarat a USD 1 trillion economy when India completes 100 years of Independence.
The Chief Minister said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, India has made unprecedented progress and earned the reputation of being the fifth-largest economy in the world. He added that during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the global businesses had come to a halt, the Prime Minister instilled confidence in citizens. Hence, the country was able to recover from the global epidemic.
Talking about Gujarat’s remarkable development, the Chief Minister said that Gujarat contributes 8% to the national GDP with only 6% of the country’s geographical area. Gujarat also accounts for 18% of the total industrial production and 30% of the country’s total exports. The total industrial output of the state two decades ago was Rs. 1.27 lakh crore, which has increased to Rs. 16.19 lakh crore. Thus, Gujarat has established itself as a model state.
Describing Gujarat as a policy-driven state, the Chief Minister said that Gujarat has launched a Renewable Energy Policy. This policy will give out incentives to set up wind, solar, and hydro energy plants. This policy is likely to attract an investment of five lakh crore rupees in the renewable energy sector.
Emphasizing sustainable development, the Chief Minister said that just as quality in industry and business is given importance, it is necessary to be mindful of the by-products that can be harmful to the environment. He urged organisations like FICCI to play a leading role in creating the necessary infrastructure for environmental conservation and assured that the State Government will support them in such endeavours.
The Chief Minister was welcomed by FICCI officials in a unique way. To mark this special occasion, 10 trees will be planted at Vaishnodevi Temple. The Chief Minister was also presented with a Green Certificate.
President of FICCI Shri Subhrakant Panda, Vice President Shri Harshvardhan Agarwal, President of Gujarat Unit Shri Rajiv Gandhi, former President of FICCI and Chairman of Zydus Group Shri Pankaj Patel and committee members from states including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa, and Tamil Nadu were present.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat