October 13, 2014The Bengal Club, Room 300All Chambers Breakfast Meeting for Promoting Better Infrastructure in Eastern India

On October 13, 2014, Amcham Eastern Region and its IT/ITeSSub Committee organized an All Chamber Breakfast meeting to discuss promotion of better infrastructure in Eastern India, and specifically how the establishment of a Cable Landing Station (CLS) in the Eastern region would be beneficial for the growth of Eastern India. The participating Chambers were FICCI, NASSCOM, ASSOCHAM and IACC.

Regional Director Amada Kidwai welcomed all the members and the participants, and introduced the speakers. Mr. Suranjan Bhanja, Chairman, AMCHAM (Eastern Region),opened the discussion by framing the topic for all the participants.

 

Mr. Rajiv Pujara, Chairman of the IT/ITeS Sub Committee presented a PowerPoint presentation on the lack of infrastructure in the North East, whichhe felt compels the local skilled population to migrate to other parts of the country for livelihood. He said aCLS will not only be beneficial to the IT industry but other industries like manufacturing, machineries, etc. He also added that the way forward should be in the Pan Indian direction and in alignment with the “SmartCities”and e-governance initiatives of the Central Government. He and other members felt that West Bengalcould potentially be the ideal location for this CLS to be established, from which all of the Eastern Region would benefit. Some of the points that were focused on in the North Eastern Region were:

 

• Lack of general economic development
•There is a perception that the rest of the country tends to treat the NE in an exploitative manner; taking disproportionately more than they contribute to the region
• Establishment of friendly local businesses in the NE for the global development and upliftment

 

Mr. Joydeep Datta Gupta, member of the Executive Committee,facilitated the Q&A and discussion session that followed the presentation. During the course of the discussion, it followed that the INVESTMENT involved in setting up a CLS was not very high. It was also discussed that an alternative location for CLS in the Eastern part of the country could also be Odisha. It was also agreed by all present that a Working Committee of representatives of all Chambers would be a good way to take this initiative forward, as a case benefitting all industries and all states in the North Eastern region of India. The Working Committee, once established, would work together on a multi-pronged plan to identify and work with the appropriate stakeholders (vendors, other Chambers in the north east and the respective State governments, the Central government, etc.), to take this initiative forward

Mr. Debasis Basu, member of Executive Committee and also the IT/ITeS Sub Committee did the concluding remarks and vote of thanks.