Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik said the State is keen to become a global player in chemical sector.

Speaking at the inaugural session of CHEMCON-2021, here on Sunday, the chief minister said, CHEMCON-2021 will come up with new and innovative ideas towards even more sustainable ways of resource utilization in chemical and mineral sector that will further aid our efforts in developing Odisha into a global player in the chemicals sector.

“We have taken concerted efforts to diversify the industry portfolio of the State. In view of this, my Government has identified the Chemicals and Petrochemicals sector as a key focus sector.”

The CM said the State is coming up with Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region in Paradeep and port related industrial complex at Dhamra and Gopalpur that will further aid the growth of the chemicals sector in the State.

Stating that Odisha has been marching ahead on the path of industrial development powered by the metals and mineral sector and consistently been ranked amongst the top States in terms of live manufacturing investments in India, Patnaik urged the entrepreneurs attending the event to explore Odisha and consider Odisha as their next investment destination. He assured that his government will provide the best-in-class facilitation and enabling environment for growth.

This year’s theme for CHEMCON, “Sustainable utilization of resources for chemical and mineral sector”.