Healthcare, MSME take centre stage in Make in Odisha on Day 3

Bhubaneswar: After bagging investment commitments of approximately Rs 1, 42,000 crore from country’s top industrialists on the second day of Odisha’s flagship biennial business event here, many national and international experts have begun discussions on a slew of topics including healthcare and Micro Small and Medium Enterprise sectors on the third day of Make in Odisha conclave today.

In the first session, plans and programmes related to the investments in healthcare sector, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, downstream industries in the metal sector, textile and apparel is being held.

Yvette Kanouff, an active technology industry entrepreneur and start-up advisor who headed the Service Provider Business segment for Cisco Systems took the stage and discussed on MSME, one of the main focus sectors in Odisha.

With the beginning of sectoral session on ‘Textile and Apparel’, Shubha Sarma, Secretary of Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts Department said Odisha’s economy has witnessed an average annual growth of 6.6%, even exceeding the national average growth rate in 2016-17.

Industries Minister Ananta Das launched the Knowledge Paper on ‘Downstream Industries in Metal Sector while Pramod Meherda, Secretary, Health & Family Welfare department addressed the audience at the session for Healthcare Investment saying Odisha has seen one of the sharpest reductions in infant mortality rate within a 10 year period.

Later in the day, discussion on other topics like aerospace and defence manufacturing, chemical and petrochemicals, skill development, agribusiness investment, tech and start up talks are also scheduled to be held in the ongoing five-day investment summit.