Mumbai, Feb 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the largest-ever manufacturing summit Make in India (MII) Week here in the presence of heads of state, a battery of business leaders and foreign delegates.
The event is aimed at attracting investments into the manufacturing sector and showcasing success stories at a specially-created venue at the BKC business district in Central Mumbai. Prime Ministers of Finland and Sweden and the deputy premier of Poland are also among the attendees.
After inaugurating the mega event, the Prime Minister took a tour of the pavilions, with his Swedish and Finnish counterparts and visiting ministers in tow. The inaugural ceremony was off-limits for the media despite pre-issued passes and confusion prevailed all throughout over co-ordination.
Modi was scheduled to deliver a speech at an award event later in the evening. "I can't speculate on the number of memoranda of understanding that will be signed, but this is a brilliant start.
All our partners are very enthusiastic," Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters later outside the main venue. Over 2,500 international and 8,000 domestic companies are participating in the multi-sectoral industrial event, which is being attended by foreign government delegations from 68 countries and business teams from 72 nations.
The participants at the event include foreign heads of government and states, Prime Ministers of Sweden, Finland and deputy premier of Poland, besides other Cabinet ministers.
"India never had this kind of participation from across the world. FDI has grown by 48 per cent in recent months and it will continue to grow in future," Amitabh Kant, Secretary of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, which is organising the jamboree, told PTI outside the MMRDA Grounds.
Bhaskar Bhatt of Titan, the country's largest watch maker, said the visit of the Prime Minister to their stall was "very encouraging" and added that "this is a great country to invest as we have plenty of skilled manpower, technology and a large consuming class". The Prime Minister also visited the stalls of Tata Steel, ABB, Siemens and Sonalika, among others.