Bhubaneswar: The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, Friday graced the ‘Brand of Odisha, Pride of India: Sambad Corporate Excellence Awards 2020’, organized by Sambad media group, here on Friday.

Union petroleum and steel minister Dharmendra Pradhan delivered the key note address.

Speaking on the occasion, Patnaik said, “Strong brands contribute immensely to the image of a Nation or a State. They add value to the overall economy, create jobs and bring prosperity. Our captains of industry and business leaders are our biggest assets and brand ambassadors.”

” Brand Odisha itself is seeing a major transformation through sports, industry, tourism, health and many more development aspects. We have been able to consistently attract the highest investment because of this. Investors see us a responsive government with our 5T initiative and quick grounding of projects. ”

While praising Sambad group for promoting brands of Odisha based enterprises, the chief minister said, ” I’m confident that the great brands from Odisha who have assembled here will contribute to making the image and perception about Odisha much stronger. For this to be achieved, I urge upon them to set for themselves the highest standards meeting international norms.”

Odisha industries minister Dibya Shankar Mishra, Sambad editor Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and managing director Monica Nayar were present.