Union Min Sonowal interacts with Surat business community at CII B20 meeting

As part of India’s G20 Presidency, the B20 meeting kicked off in Surat on Saturday in the presence of Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbanand Sonowal.

At the CII B20 meeting, the union minister spoke and interacted with senior members of the business community.

Sonowal highlighted the key achievements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government over the past nine years in various aspects of India’s society, economy and culture.

The Shipping Minister also urged business leaders to invest in India’s rich inland waterways sector, both B2B and B2C.

Sonowal urged companies to choose inland waterways to transport their cargo, which is a more economical and environmentally friendly option.

After the huge success of Ganga Vilas, the world’s longest river cruise, he also called for investment in the rich river cruise tourism sector through novel river cruise experiences which can be ‘Narmada Vilas’, ‘Godavari Vilas’, ‘Mahanadi Vilas’, ‘Cauvery Vilas’ and other.

“Surat’s remarkable growth and resilience in the face of challenges is a shining example of India’s economic potential and the strength of our political leadership and vision through Prime Minister Modi. India’s G20 presidency is the globalization and internationalization of the vision of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”. Today, India is the fifth largest economy in the world and has grown significantly not only as a consumer market with greater purchasing power but also as a preferred investment destination,” he said.

The Union Minister added that India’s infrastructure sector has grown manifold under the prime minister’s visionary leadership, driven by transformative initiatives such as the National Logistics Policy, the Gati Shakti National Masterplan for Multimodal Connectivity and other such reforms.

“The Government is also committed to supporting the transition to green growth in India’s maritime sectors and has set out time-bound commitments and investments to achieve this goal,” he said.

Speaking about the scale and opportunities to harness the inland waterway sector for transformative change, the Union Minister said, “I take this opportunity to call on all business leaders to come forward and together develop new river cruising experiences in India.” We must “Narmada Vilas” , Godavari Vilas, Mahanadi Vilas, Cauvery Vilas and many more river cruises in our river rich country.”

The CII meeting was also attended by Harsh Sanghavi, Minister of State of Gujarat Government; Tom Moses, Executive Vice President, Gemological Institute of America; Darshan Shah, Chairman, CII Gujarat; Kulin Lalbhai, Vice Chairman, Gujarat, alongside other dignitaries and business leaders of the region.

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