Stockholm, October 13: ‘Maharashtra will soon become a trillion dollar economy by 2030’, said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who is on his three-day Sweden tour. CM Devendra Fadnavis is accompanied by Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu and Maharashtra Industry Minister Subhash Desai. CM Fadnavis also met Swedish Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde and discussed important bilateral issues, the statement said.
Addressing a gathering in Stockholm after releasing ‘Make in India’ magazine, CM Fadnavis said "Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji says that India will lead the world because of its demography, democracy and demand. Maharashtra leads in this advantage too. China was a factory for the world for the last 20 years, but after this decade it will be India," he said while exhorting Swedish firms to invest in Maharashtra.
Stating that Maharashtra leads in infrastructure projects and ports, Fadnavis said the proposed 'Samruddhi' corridor project between Mumbai and Nagpur will be the longest "smart road" in the nation. Our state has a population of 10%, but we contribute 15% to the national GDP. Almost all global businesses have their footprints in Maharashtra, including over 100 Swedish companies," he said.
Stating that Maharashtra offers enormous opportunities and benefits, he pointed out that Mumbai is the financial capital of the nation, Pune is the IT capital and Nagpur is the logistics hub.
CM Devendra Fadnavis met Alrik Danielson, President and CEO of SKF group, a leading bearing and seal manufacturing company, the statement said. SKF group already has a manufacturing facility in Pune and its officials informed the CM on their expansion plans and that they would soon finalize the next phase for Maharashtra and also that they are keen to work closely with the state government," it said.
The Chief Minister also met Atul Tandon, Director Strategy and Commercial Excellence, of AstraZeneca. The company appreciated Maharashtra's initiatives for the screening of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, the statement said. "The global biopharmaceutical company agreed and assured the CM to work closely with the state and that they are keen to work for a pilot project in a civil hospital to improve healthcare facilities," it said.
Fadnavis also met Pär Stenmark, Chief Regulatory Officer, of IKEA and appealed to the company to join hands with the state for use and branding of bamboo/bamboo products to increase the income and employment of tribals and locals. "The state government has already set up a Bamboo Development Board and is also providing skilling support to the locals. The CM urged IKEA to start a skill centre for Bamboo," the statement said. IKEA also informed the CM that the work for Navi Mumbai IKEA store has already started and will be completed by 2019.