Mumbai based Hosmac has announced the opening up of a new branch office in Guwahati, which is a part of the broader plans of the company to expand it’s presence in the Eastern region (it already has fully functional offices in Kolkata and Patna). Hosmac has been developing the healthcare consultancy market in India since 1996, achieving important milestones along the way. After winning over prestigious projects in the country and abroad, the company now aims at reaching out to the clients in this often neglected region. Guwahati, being the gateway to the North East, it further strengthens Hosmac’s ability to provide a wide range of high quality healthcare consultancy services to the potential clientele. “For consultancy to be effective and acceptable it is very important to understand the psyche of the region” says Dr. Vivek Desai, MD of Hosmac “It is our strong conviction that the NE region will see a lot of developmental initiatives in the healthcare sector in the days to come. Hopefully, with a branch office in the region, Hosmac would be able to catalyze and add value to such initiatives.” The Guwahati branch would draw upon the firm’s extensive resources and database while incorporating the distinctive local flavour of the region. The new office reinforces the company’s belief in improving customer support and proximity, which effectively sets it apart from most of its competitors. The initial response too has been quite encouraging. With three key projects already in the kitty – two specialty hospitals in Assam and one medical college project for the Government of Manipur- the branch office has its hands full. Also in the pipeline are NRHM and other government funded projects. The Government incidentally has approved a package of fiscal incentives and other concessions for the North East Region called the ‘North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP), 2007’ (effective from 1.4.2007). According to the policy – ‘All new units as well as existing units which go in for substantial expansion, unless otherwise specified and which commence commercial production within the 10 year period from the date of notification of NEIIPP, 2007 will be eligible for incentives for a period of ten years from the date of commencement of commercial production. New industrial units as well as the existing units on their substantial expansion will be eligible for reimbursement of 100% insurance premium.’ “An entrepreneur or healthcare service provider would be eligible for 100% Income Tax exemption under NEIIPP, 2007, if they decide to build a hospital in the region (with a minimum capacity of 25 beds). It is imperative for investors to take notice of such benefits in greener pastures especially in the face of the economic meltdown that we see now.” says Dr. Desai. The branch office plans to forge strong ties with the different stakeholders including the healthcare groups, industry associations and financial agencies in the region and work in tandem for a qualitative change in healthcare delivery systems. “With the opening up of the Guwahati office, we hope to serve not only those who demand excellence across the entire spectrum of healthcare consultancy services but also those who never had the taste of such best-in-class, customized solutions in this part of the country” concludes Mr. Mrinmoy Jyoti Sharma, Principal Consultant, In-charge of Guwahati office.