Manipur is set to host the first of the four B20 (Business 20) sessions scheduled in Northeast India on Friday, which is the official G20 dialogue forum for the global business community.
To explore partnerships among business communities from G20 member countries towards developing a common agenda for the development of critical sectors of the economy as a growth driver, CII is organising B20 programmes in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim in partnership with the Union External Affairs Ministry and Northeastern state governments.
The Business 20 (B20) is a group that represents the private sector within the Group of 20 (G20) Forum. The B20 was established to provide a platform for the business community to engage with the G20 and to offer recommendations on policies that can support global economic growth and development.
In connection with B20 session, a press meet was held at Old Secretariat on Thursday and on the press meet, minister-in-charge education, Th Basanta Kumar said that event will witness the convergence of a host of overseas delegates from 23 nations representing Australia, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Chad, Canada, China, France, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Nepal, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia, Uganda, United States and United Kingdom.
He mentioned that the dignitaries include 26 overseas business delegates and 24 diplomats, including Ambassadors from these countries and India. Incoming Trade and Business delegations and representatives from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Japan, and Australia will also participate at the programme.
The state government has made elaborate arrangements for the three days event to showcase the potential the state can offer to the delegates on: health and family welfare, skill development, sports, urban development, textiles and finance; taxation, tourism, industries and commerce, IT, agriculture and fisheries, Basanta Kumar said.
“Visiting overseas business delegates would get the opportunity to interact with the local industry during the B2B and with the government in the B2G session for potential investment, collaboration and tie ups”, said Basanta Kumar.
Commissioner of tourism, Pradeep Kumar Jha lamented that taking advantage of the presence of a large contingent of international delegates, the government of Manipur is making elaborate arrangements not only to showcase investment and partnership opportunities in the state but also provide a unique experience for visiting delegates with an exposure to Manipur’s culture, cuisine, art, festivities, and scenic beauty.
The commissioner said that the security details for the delegates are all women police personnel to showcase women empowerment. He also mentioned that all delegates will visit the renowned Ima Market during their visit.
It may be mentioned that on February 17 and 18, 2023, Imphal will welcome dignitaries from foreign countries and India. Incoming Trade and Business delegations and representatives from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Japan, Australia will participate in the programme.