Odisha Finance, Excise & Agriculture & FE Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera inaugurated the International MSME Trade Fair- 2019 at IDCO Exhibition Ground, Unit III in Bhubaneswar on January 28.

More than 400 MSMEs and 40 Start-ups are participating in the Trade Fair. Besides, 32 entrepreneurs from four countries -Iran, Bangladesh, South Korea and Cambodia – are participating in the Trade Fair.

Speaking on the occasion, Behera stated that more than 3.67 lakh MSM enterprises have been established in the state with a cumulative investment of more than Rs17,863 crore. They are providing employment to over 14.61 lakh persons.

The Minister added that investment promotion in the MSME sector remains a focus area of the government and informed that altogether 724 projects worth Rs 2765 crore have been approved by District Level Single Window Committees since April, 2015.

Prafulla Samal, Minister MSME, W&CD, MS and SSEPD, in his address, stated that development of MSMEs and provision of a conducive eco-system for their development remains our focus. Not only through the newly declared policies for MSME and Food Processing Sectors, but also with the help of credit mobilisation to MSMEs, government is assisting the entrepreneurs.

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