Addressing the ‘Investment Opportunities in Odisha’ session in the Maritime India Summit 2021, Pradhan also assured all potential investors that the Central and State Governments are working in tandem to make Odisha an attractive investment destination.
The Union Minister said that Odisha has a rich maritime history and thousands of years ago navigators of the State sailed to different parts of the globe to bring fortune and glory to the State.
Pradhan further said that at one point time in history, we were one of the most prosperous civilizations of the world and today in the 21st century, PM Modi has given a clarion call of Aatmanirbhar Bharat and $5 trillion economy.
“With natural harbours, rich natural resources, long coastline and skill-able and hardworking manpower, Odisha is uniquely poised to be the part of Aatmanirbhar journey and contribute to the making of $5 trillion economy,” Pradhan said.
The Union Minister also said that in the 21st century, the global network of trade and commerce will be maritime and Odisha’s coast will be the gateway.
“Paradip is going to be the gateway of growth of eastern part of country while Kalinganagar is being developed as a steel hub, envisages to become a self-contained ecosystem, and will enable the potential investors for setting up value added downstream facilities,” he added.