The State Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Mr Anoop Jacob, has called for a change in Kerala’s outdated approach to investment in order to put the State on the road to development.

Kerala needs to shed its outdated approach towards investments and keep pace with the times for development. If the State has fallen behind the neighbouring States, it is because of the outdated approach, Mr Jacob said.

He pointed out that hartal has become an outdated mode of protest. The State cannot afford it especially at a time when Kerala is preparing for various initiatives such as Emerging Kerala Investors’ Meet, he added.

The Minister was speaking at a workshop on Strategic Guidance for Entrepreneur Empowerment organised by the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its Entrepreneurs Awareness Cell to empower all who aspire to venture into business / industry/ service sectors.

Mr K.N. Marzook, chairman, KCCI, said that Kerala is fast becoming a business hub. The awareness cell is dedicated to help young and aspirant entrepreneurs to set up small, medium and large business establishments in the State.

The cell will act as a mentor and regulator by providing expert advice on setting up new enterprises.

Mr E.S. Jose, director and former chairman, KCCI, and also member, Advisory Council, KITCO, promised the support and cooperation of KCCI for new entrepreneurs.

Mr T.P. Thomaskutty, executive director, KSIDC, gave inputs on the preparations to be made to begin a new venture.

Representatives of KSIDC, KFC, DIC, Khadi & Village Industries, and Federal Bank handled sessions on various topics.

(This article was published on July 16, 2012)
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