Bhubaneswar, 21/02/2014: Odisha’s apex organization of Commerce & Industry, Utkal Chamber of Commerce & Industry (UCCI) is organizing a National Level event with industrial Exhibition-cum-Seminars at Bhubaneswar. The event titled “ODISHA MOVES FORWARD” shall be inaugurated on 22nd Feb. The 5 day long exhibition, scheduled from 22nd to 26th shall be opened to public from 2:00 pm 9:30 pm everyday.
Incorporated in the year 1964, Utkal Chamber is celebrating its Golden Jubilee year with a series of Industrial and CSR activities. Now the exhibition aims at showcasing the phenomenal development in the field of the states’ large, medium and small scale industries, said Mr. Ramesh Mahapatra, President, UCCI.
Leading Industries, corporate houses, and business houses from various sectors like steel, mining, food and agro, food processing, automobile, fertilizers & pesticides, aluminium, infrastructure, will participate in the exhibition to create awareness among the people about their various products and services. “The mega event is to be inaugurated by Mr. Damodar Rout, Minister of MSME and Health & Family Welfare in the august presence of Guests like Mr. Kumar Manglam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group and Mr. S. S. Mishra, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust. Likewise the valedictory ceremony will be carried out on 26th of this month at 5:30 PM”, said Mr. Debabrata Dash, Secretary, Utkal Chamber.
As a part of the event, Seminars are being organized at the UCCI Conference Hall in Nayapalli daily at 10:30 am from 23rd to 26th. The topics include “Forest & Environment Clearances for Sustainable mining” (by UCCI Mining and Geology Forest & Environment Committee), “Export-As an Engine for Growth” (by UCCI international Trade Committee), “Technology Implementation in Agriculture & Food Processing” (by UCCI Agro & Food Processing Committee) and “From Exclusion to Inclusion of Universal Accessibility” (by UCCI CSR & CD Committee). Various eminent industrialists, experts, administrative officials, and professionals from Odisha and outside of state will participate and conduct these seminars.
Utkal Chamber has been honoring various Industries of the state and different Committees and Members of the Chamber for their outstanding achievements, every year. This year too the Chamber will felicitate and honor such laureates in different categories on the closing ceremony at 5:30 PM on 26 Feb.
“To encourage Entrepreneurship amongst the youth, a ‘Business Idea Contest’ will be held amongst the students of management, engineering and pharmacy colleges of Odisha. While 3 best ibusiness ideas shall be awarded during the golden jubilee year, UCCI will help the future entrepreneurs in getting support from venture capitalists, banks and other financial institutions. The Chamber will also play a hand-holding role for them”, said DR. J.K. Mishra, Head UCCI, Education & Training Committee.
To organize the events on the occasion of its golden jubilee year celebration the Chamber has set up an independent organizing committee. Headed by the president of the Chamber, Mr. Ramesh Mahapatra as Chairman, the Committee has Mr. S. Jagdeb and Mr. Deepak Rathore as Vice Chairman, Mr. Debabrata Dash as Organizing Secretary and Mr. Prabhat Kumar Mohanty as Joint Organizing Secretary along with the active participation of various committees of the chamber.
With the inspiration of the then Chief Minister Mr. Biju Patnaik, the chamber was formed by only 7 members in 1964 which now has an enviable strength of 600 members comprising large and medium scale industries and leading and upcoming business houses from trade and services sectors.