Goa Chamber in association with Government of Goa – Dept. of Industries, Goa State Industries Association, Goa Technology Association celebrated on 21st August from 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm at Institute Menezes Braganza, Panjim by organising a Half day MSME event. Reserve Bank of India, State Bank of India (SBI) alongwith 20 other Banks and Financial institutions like MSME-Development Institute, SIDBI, EDC, NABARD Ltd. were major facilitators for the event.
The aim of the event was to highlight “Goa – as the next Entrepreneurial Destination” and create awareness on opportunities available for economic development of the state.
Chief Guest, Mr. S. T. Kannan, General Manager, RBI, inaugurated the stalls and Mr. Manguirish Pai Raiker, Chairman, ASSOCHAM MSME Council / Past-President, GCCI, welcomed all the participants. The inaugural ceremony began with the traditional lighting of the lamp by all the dignatries on the dais such as the Hon’ble Chief Guest, Mr Raiker, Mr. Sandip Bhandare, President, Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mr. Suyash Asthana, Dy. General Manager, SBI, Mr. Rajkumar Kamat, President, Goa State Industries Association, Mr. Manguirish Salelkar, President, Goa Technology Association, Mr. Vijay M. Kalinani, Assistant General Manager, SIDBI, and Ms. Kamakshi Pai, General Manager, NABARD.
The event included talks on the “Role of Academia in promoting Entrepreneurship – Moulding Entrepreneurs” for Industry by Dr. Praveen Khullar, Head, Global Development Centre Goa, Sanofi, Dr. Ajit Parulekar, Director, Goa Institute of Management and on the “Role of Banking Sector in promoting Entrepreneurship” by Mr. Prashant Naik, DGM & Zonal Manager, BOI and Ms. S. Annapurna, DGM & Zonal Head, Corporation Bank. Eventually, a panel discussion was held discussing the “Roadmap for an Entrepreneurship hub in Goa – Promise and Challenges”.
The event provided a massive boost to MSME sector by banks handing over more than 50 sanction letters to the Goan entrepreneurs. Around 250 prospective entrepreneurs attended and interacted with 15 banks on their respective stalls. Financial Institutions like SIDBI, NABARD, Dept. Of Industries, Goa Govt., MSME-DI, EDC Ltd also met with the entrepreneurs educating them on the available Government schemes.