India invites Poland as partner in World food Summit
India’s Minister of State(MOS) Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti invited Poland to become a partner and participant in the first mega food processing show, World Food India scheduled in New Delhi in November, 2017. ‘World Food India 2017’ is a mega international event for investments in the Indian food processing sector. The Minister led a high level delegation to Poland from 10 to 13 July, 2017.
2 The team from India included Mr. K.B. Subramanian, Director(MOFPI), Mr. Suresh Kumar, Private Secretary to Minister and Ms Renuka Singh, Senior Consultant and Head – International Projects, Confederation of Indian Industry. The Minister invited Polish Government and business to participate in the ‘World Food India 2017’, given Poland’s proficiency in food processing technologies. She also invited Poland to be a ‘partner country’ at this event, scheduled to be held at New Delhi during 3-5 November, 2017. The delegation was accompanied by a State level delegation from Telangana, which included Mr V.Madhusudhan, CEO, Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation and Mr Akhil Gawar, Director of Food Processing, Government of Telangana.
3 The highlight of the visit was a Round Table, organised in Warsaw on July 12 by the National Chamber of Commerce (KIG), in cooperation with the Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IPCCI) and Embassy of India in Warsaw. More than 50 Polish companies’ representatives, mostly from the food processing sector participated. The Minister spoke of the liberalisation of the Indian economy, and the welcome policies of the Government for foreign investors – especially in the food processing sector. Mr K.B. Subramanian, Director gave a detailed presentation on the opportunities for food processing in India. Ambassador Ajay Bisaria spoke about the rapidly growing Indo-Polish cooperation in the food sector while Ms Lucyna Jaremczuk of the Polish Ministry of Economic Development spoke about the opportunities for trade and investment for both countries. The Telangana delegation also made a presentation about the investment attractiveness of the State and about its elite ranking in the ‘ease of doing business’. The event, which was moderated by Shri J.J Singh of the IPCCI, concluded with a question and answer session, followed by a networking lunch.
4 The Indian delegation also met Mr Tadeusz Koscinski, Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Economic Development and discussed ways and means of broadening bilateral cooperation in food processing. Ms Jyoti invited the Deputy Minister to visit the World Food India 2017. Later, the delegation met with Mr Ryszard Zarudzki, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture for a discussion on agricultural policies and incentives, in the backdrop of the bilateral Agreement of Agricultural Cooperation, signed by both countries in April this year. Minister Jyoti invited both Ministers to participate in the ‘World Food India 2017’. The delegation visited the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, where they were given impressive presentations on Polish research into latest food processing technologies. The two sides discussed opportunities for Indo – Polish collaboration in R&D at the Institutional level. The Indian Minister invited experts to participate in ‘World Food India’ at a special expert-level event. At a dinner hosted by Ambassador Ajay Bisaria at India House, the Minister interacted with some other prominent invitees from the Polish Government, Chambers of Commerce and members of the Indian diaspora.
5 The Minister of State also visited the newly built chancery complex and paid floral tributes at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at the Embassy premises. The delegation left the city for a site visit to the state-of-the-art, Bakoma dairy plant, to witness some of the impressive Polish food processing technologies on display.