Bhubaneswar:Union petroleum and steel minister Dharmendra Pradhan praised the Odisha government for its Cyclone Amphan management and said that the management of cyclone has opened up new avenue for investment.

A high level interactive meeting between Centre and State government, under the chairmanship of union minister Pradhan, was held over a Video Conference, on Saturday.
While reviewing different issues Pradhan said that Odisha has taken remarkable initiatives for making the State an investment destination. The successful management of cyclone has opened new avenues for investment. State is now ready for next higher level of industrial development in post COVID-19 scenario, he asserted.
Chief secretary Asit Tripathy, principal secretary, Industry, MSME, and Handloom, Textiles & Handicrafts Hemant Sharma, secretary, Skill Development & Technical Education and CMD, IDCO Sanjay Kumar Singh, Secretary to chief minister (5T) V. K. Pandian, and MD, IPICOL, Dr. Nitin B. Jawale participated in the discussion.

The meeting discussed about different issues relating to next higher level of industrialization, both in MSME and large investment sectors in Odisha.
The proposals for facilitating FDI in focus sectors, participation of Odisha in all industry promotion initiatives and inclusion of Odisha Economic Corridor under Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT) had also been deliberated in the meeting.

Meanwhile on Saturday , the union minister had an interactive session with the Odias living in China, Japan and South Korea and urged them to involve themselves in the development of Odisha and making the State an investment hub.

Over 24 NROs joined the video conference with the union minister.

Dr. Debasis Biswal, Adity Kumar, Ranjit Kumar Patnaik, Sabyasachi Mohapatra, Jaydip Mohanty, BB Das, Biswanath Seth, Dilip Beura, Juludh Sahu from China, Bikash Mohanty, Swadhin Behera, Sudhir Mishra, Mohanty, Munindra Panda, Gyanendra Misha, Biswajit Das, Laxmikanta Mohanty and Jitendra Moharana from Japan, KPSS Hembram, Cannot Manohar Majhi and Ajaya Kumar from South Korea joined the minister in the video conferencing.