Gujarat is the growth engine of India as every Gujarati is always thinking about entrepreneurship and has entrepreneurial skills, said HD Shrimali, Additional Industries Commissioner, Government of Gujarat, while speaking at the recently held National Food and Pharma Summit in Ahmedabad.

“Our State is ‘Vibrant Gujarat’. We are vibrant because of infrastructure facilities and the locational advantage of Gujarat. Having 6 per cent of India’s geographical area and 5 per cent of the country’s population, Gujarat contributes 7.6 per cent to India’s GDP. Gujarat has 10 per cent of India’s factories, yet we contribute 18 per cent to India’s industrial output and more than 20 per cent to India’s exports,” said Shrimali while highlighting the economic contributions made by the state.

He added that Gujarat was the third largest recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) in India in 2016-17 and is the top state when it comes o bagging greenfield projects.

Talking about the infrastructure available for businesses in Gujarat, he said, “We are handling 41 per cent of India’s export cargo through our ports. Gujarat also has the world’s largest refinery in Jamnagar, and is the world’s largest producer of castor, cumin, fanal seeds…We are the world’s largest producer of processed diamonds. We have the world’s largest fully mechanised gold terminal.”

Highlighting the road and rail connectivity in the state, he said that Gujarat has the road connectivity of around 80-90 per cent up to the level of villages. “We have 163,153 kms of well connected surface roads in Gujarat. Our rail length is also 5,259 kms and we are going to start metro rail projects in Ahmedabad, Gandhi Nagar and Surat.”

Gujarat is a power surplus state, proving 24/7 power supply to all in the state. The conventional power producing capacity of the state is 20 MW.  “We also have a 1,20,769 kms long drinking water supply grid that aims to serve 75 per cent of Gujarat’s population,” the Additional Industries Commissioner said.

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