Bengaluru, 26 Nov: Bengaluru opened itself to the 3 day Global Exhibition on Services at Bengaluru Palace. The event concentrates on promoting the service industry and targets on 12 champion services segements. With an exhibition covering over 200 Exhibitors, 5 Union Government Ministries, 2 Participatory States (UP, besides Karnataka Host State), 12 Knowledge Sessions and 80 Domain specialists, the event registered 421 Registered Foreign buyers from 55 participating countries and over 1700 registered delegates
The event was inaugurated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways Government of India along with Shri Jagadish Shettar, Minister for Large & Medium Industries, Government of Karnataka.
Shri Jagadish Shettar opined that his Government’s strategy for the State has ‘local flavour but global outreach.’ As a sequel to the Cluster development program being implemented across nine districts of the State in the manufacturing sector, Hon’ble Minister shared that plans are afoot to develop Services clusters in several districts and that with Karnataka’s prowess in the Health & Wellness segment, the Government is in the process of developing a Wellness City, which is poised to offer cutting edge, niche solutions in the fields of Ayush, Naturopathy and other wellness services. He further added that State Government’s digitalization drive in rural areas through launch of mobile ATMs and steps being taken to enhance governance and engagement with people at the grass roots also reiterates the Government’s keen intent to promote the Services Sector across the State.
Lauding Karnataka’s contribution as a leader in India’s Service Sector exports, Chief Secretary, Shri T M Vijay Bhaskar opined that GES 2019 is a great opportunity to further reinforce the State’s position in the sector. “With the new IT policy set to be announced soon, I am confident that the objective of making Karnataka as the global ‘first choice’ for innovation and technology will be a reality soon”, he said. Shri Vijay Bhaskar, reminded the gathering that Karnataka is a leader not just in the IT and ITes, but has enormous and robust strengths across other service sectors as well including Tourism, Animation and Gaming, Healthcare, Education and many more. He shared the Government’s intent to promote the development of other cities in the State on the same scale as the State Capital, with emphasis to Tier 2 and Tier 3 Cities, just as the new IT Policy for Karnataka promises to unfurl. The commencement of the State’s newest airport at Kalaburagi, he informed is one among the Government’s efforts to enhance infrastructure across the State.
The other key dignitaries who spoke on the occasion included
- Rajesh Kumar Modi, Deputy Minister, Government of Zimbabwe
- Shri Sudhanshu Pandey, Additional Secretary, C&I, Govt of India
- Shri TM Vijaybhaskar, Chief Secretary, Govt of Karnataka
- Justice Prathibha M Singh, Delhi High Court
- Anup Wadhwan, Commerce Secretary, Govt of India
- Shri ManeckDavar, Vice-Chairman Services Export Promotion Council
- Vikram Kirloskar, President, CII
- Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, Govt of Karnataka
and many more.