Vibrant summit to be paperless


Top official says three-day event is going to be the largest-ever exhibition in India

Touted as India's biggest exhibition ever, the biennial three-day Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit 2013 starting January 11 will mainly be a paperless, information technology-enabled event to ensure smooth functioning and cut down on red tapism.

"With 90,000 square metres of area, Pragati Maidan in Delhi has so far has held the largest exhibition. Mahatma Mandir, VGGIS 2013 venue in Gandhinagar, is spread across 1 lakh square metres. This is going to be the biggest exhibition ever," said Principal Secretary (Industries) Maheshwar Sahu.

Last week, Chief Minister Narendra Modi had also called it the biggest exhibition ever.

"With dedicated portal, mobile phone applications, online registrations not only for seminars, business meets with government officials, but also for travel and accommodation, the entire event management is paperless," said Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb) chairman Mukesh Kumar.

The portal serves as one-stop website for all information, registration and access to government, making information exchange, fixing up meeting and even participation approval without using a piece of paper or even making a personal visit. The use of paper will only be during seminars or signing MoUs.

A special phone application designed for various platforms including Android and iOS has been designed for phone-users.

This is the sixth edition of biennial VGGIS, which was started in 2003 to attract investments to Gujarat. In the fifth edition in 2011, a total of 8,860 MoUs were signed pledging investment of Rs 20.8 lakh crore.

UK, US, Auz biz councils endorse summit

Ahmedabad: With Japan and Canada as partner countries and endorsements from UK, US and Australian business councils, the sixth edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit will be held from January 11-13.

"USIBC's (US-India Business Council) executive mission, comprising senior US business executives representing a broad range of sectors, seeks to promote Gujarat as India's global business hub," according to the council's portal. It added that under Modi's leadership, Gujarat has emerged as one of the most attractive investment destinations for American businesses.

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