China South Asia Business Forum & Expo
11th June - 16th June, 2015 at Kunming, Yunnan, ChinaIn order to strategically utilize the potential bilateral business opportunities, the Government of West Bengal represented by the Department of MSME & Textiles, Tourism, Food Processing & Industries, WBIDC along with Indian Chamber of Commerce participated in the China South Asia Business Forum & Expo from 11th to 16th June, 2015 at Kunming, Yunnan, China. The objective was to promote Chinese investment in West Bengal and more export to China from the state. The delegation was led by Mr Amit Mitra, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Government of West Bengal. The other eminent dignitaries were Mr Rajiva Sinha, Principal Secretary, Department of MSME & Textiles, Government of West Bengal, Mr Jayanta Aikat, Director, Department of Food Processing Industries, Government of West Bengal, Mr Amirul Islam, Managing Director, Jangipur Bengal Food Park. The delegation also comprised of Mr Mayank Jalan, Managing Director, Keventer Group, Mr Indranil Dasgupta, CEO-Industrial Zones, Srei Infrastructure Finance Limited, Mr Ravi Poddar, Chairman, P C Chanda & Co. Pvt. Ltd, Mr Amitava Ghosh, Deputy Director, Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal, Mr Debjit Dutta, Chairman-IATO West Bengal Chapter, Indian Association of Tour Operators and Ms. Sushila Ramamurthy, Executive Director, Vivada Cruises apart from 14 exhibitors. The Indian Chamber of Commerce was represented by Mr Roopen Roy, President, Indian Chamber of Commerce, Mr Shiv Siddhant Kaul, Sr. Vice President, ICC, Mr M K Saharia, Chairman-ICC NE Initiative, Ms Rita Punwani, President, Ladies Study Group, Ms Abhilasha Sethia, Vice President, Ladies Study Group and Dr Rajeev Singh, Director General, ICC. The West Bengal Tourism department may now expect better inflow of Chinese tourists to Bengal following an MoU with the Yunnan Provincial Tourism Development Commission, China and & West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation. West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation will host 20 Outbound Tour operators from Yunnan province to familiarize them about the Tour circuits in West Bengal. Another MOU was signed between MSME Technology Facilitation Centre, Kolkata and Kunming SME Financial Transaction Service, which will act as the backbone for MSME infrastructure in Bengal. To promote the Biswa Bangle brand, ‘Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation’ has also entered in an MoU with Haohong Logistics Corporation to facilitate setting up a marketing and branding platform for BBMC at Haohong Industrial Park to showcase handlooms, handicraft, heritage, culture and tourism of West Bengal. The MoUs were signed at the ‘India China Economic & Tourism Cooperation Forum’ on 11th June, 2015 in the presence of Yunnan Governor H. E. Mr Chen Hao, General (Retd) Vijay Kumar Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs, Dr Amit Mitra, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Government of West Bengal, H.E. Mr Ashok Kantha, Ambassador of India in China and Mr T.J. Suresh, Consul (Commerce) & Head of Chancery, Consulate General of India, Guangzhou. The dignitaries on 12th June, 2015 also attended the Joint Opening Ceremony of the 10th China-South Asia Business Forum & the 3rd China-South Asia Exposition & the 23rd China Kunming Import and Export Fair’ at Kunming Dianchi International Convention and Exhibition Center and also inaugurated the West Bengal Pavilion. The other important events attended by the delegation were Meeting with Xishan District of People’s Government, 10th China South Asia Business Forum, India Evening & Dinner Hosted by Indian Embassy & supported by Government of WB and ICC and Visit to Haohong Group. The various dignitaries from Yunnan province were H.E. Mr Chen Hao, Governor, Yunnan Province Mr WANG Kailiang, Chairman CCPIT-Yunnan, H.E. Mr.Yu Ping, Vice Chairman of CCPIT, H.E. Mr. Luo Zhengfu, Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference of Yunnan Province, Mr. Li Dongsheng, Chief Executive, TCL Group, Mr.Duan Yueqing, Chairman, Yunnan Provincial Department of Tourism, Mr. Pan Song, Director and Managing Director of Fosun Group, Mr. Ruan Hongxian, President, Yunnan Hongxiang Yixintang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Mr Li Ning, President of Board, Meilin Tech, Ltd., Mr Frank Li, Deputy General Manager, Tata Sons Beijing Office, Mr Duan Yueqing, Chairman of Yunnan Provincial Tourism Development Commission, Mr Wang Qingmin, Chief Executive of Kunming Airlines, Mr. Tom Wong, VP North -East Asia Jet Airways (India) Ltd., Mr Ding Shaoxiang, Vice Governor of Yunnan Province, Mr. Ma Jiankun, Director of Management Committee of Haikou Industrial Park, Xishan District of Peoples’ Government, Mr. Li Wanqing, the Director General of The Investment Promotion Bureau of Xishan District, Mr. Zhu Yong, Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Xishan Peoples' Government.