The Global Investors Meet (GIM), scheduled for 18
and 19 of January 2003 at the International Convention
Centre, Kochi, will be inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister
A B Vajpayee.
to the organisers, Kerala will witness the convergence
of global businessmen in Kochi, the commercial capital
of the state, thanks to GIM. The major thrust areas of
the meet will be information technology, tourism and Keralas
accolades pouring in from the international tourism media,
the unique tourist attractions of the state will call
for investments in the travel and hospitality sector.
Besides, Keralas inherent advantages like being
the largest producer of rubber, coconuts, cashew and spices
along with its long coastline and wealth of seafood have
opened up myriad opportunities in the agro and food-processing
the only state with twin submarine cable landings, 100-per
cent digital exchanges, Indias largest pool of skilled
manpower, lowest operational costs and a landmark IT policy,
it is only natural that IT is also fast evolving as one
of the core strengths, says a GIM official.
a rich biodiversity matching Amazonian rainforests and
unique ecosystems harbouring rare species, its no wonder
that Kerala is luring entrepreneurs into the biotechnology
sector, not to mention the social and economic developments
in the state that throw open profitable opportunities
in the infrastructure sector. Another area of focus is
the social infrastructure sector which will encompass
health, education and entertainment, the official
State Industrial Development Corporation, the premier
agency for promoting industries and bringing in investments,
has been appointed the nodal agency for the conduct of
GIM. International consulting agency PricewaterhouseCoopers,
which has been appointed the consultants for the meet,
has identified specific projects and is evolving a basket
of select investment opportunities across all sectors
for showcasing during GIM.
road shows have been held in the US, Germany and China,
and these countries have shown much in investing in Kerala.
More road shows are being planned in the Middle East and
South East Asia.