World power elite will attend Global Summit on Changing Bihar

The Nitish Kumar government is all set to host its second Global Summit on Changing Bihar in Patna from February 17-19. The Summit (organised by the Bihar Foundation and the Asian Development and Research Institute, Patna) will host over 800 delegates at the Maurya Hotel debating over issues related to boosting the economy, the culture and related areas of the state.

Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai with Indian PM Manmohan Singh. AFP

Satyajit Singh, PRO, Bihar Foundation, says that the summit will be inaugurated by the Nepal Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Sushil Modi. “The reason we chose the Nepal PM to inaugurate an affair like is this is mainly because Nepal and Bihar have a history together, and share a border which is porous as well. On both sides, the people are also similar in their likes and dislikes,” he says, adding that they have also invited the king of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, but he hasn’t confirmed attendance.

“Representatives of 12 countries are participating in this summit. This is the second such summit to be held in Bihar. The first one was held in 2007. Non-resident Indian Biharis as well as non-Biharis across sectors will be participating in this three-day affair. The intention of this summit is to reinstate the lost glory of Bihar,” he says.

All 14 chapters of the Bihar Foundation (the Bihar government run body whose patron is the Bihar chief minister himself) across the globe have been directed to get investors for the summit.

Ravi Shankar Srivastav, chairman, Mumbai chapter, says that 25 top business houses from Mumbai are attending the sessions as they are interested in opening their businesses in the state. Diplomats from countries such as Trinidad and Tobago and Mauritius too are expected. “Bihar in the past was at its prime and this summit is an attempt to bring back the state’s position as that of a progressive one. This is a perfect opportunity for the bureaucratic lobby along with the business class to come together on a single platform to come up with concrete solutions,” he says, adding that technology giant Infosys has expressed interest in setting up an IT park in Bihar.

A top bureaucrat from Bihar, on condition of anonymity, told this newspaper that summits like these need not transform into immediate investment. “Bihar has nothing to offer. After its partition (of states), all the natural resources of Bihar have shifted to Jharkhand. Plus Nitish Kumar is very image conscious and downplays his association with industrialists and businessmen for fear of getting a bad image. He is known to play to the gallery and has not risen over caste politics. A stark example of this is when he distributed ministries and party positions on caste lines.”

Among those who will attend the summit are former Japan Prime Minister Kan Nato, London School of Economics professors Lord Meghnad Desai and Lord Nicholas Stern, RBI governor D. Subbarao, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, industrialist K.M. Birla and Planning Commission member Abhijit Sen.

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  1. Nice to hear that Global Summit 2 being executed as was planned. This is a big achievement in itself & a very healthy practice on part of everyone involved to keep a check on modern needs in an almost marginalized state.

    It is a good sign that we have new establishments being opened around the state. A lot is yet to b done; strong, focused, long term visions of not just strictly implementing projects,schemes, but also effective monitoring & practicing just judiciary at least from now onwards are the only way to bloom the lost glory. e.g. By now work on the NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT should have started but it is still pending & no one knows when & where is it to come & why just 1, should have more airports other than just the capital city handling domestic & international air traffic; EASTERN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR (A MUST)—no one knows when is that taking shape; govt. is still thinking on the lines of 4-lane Highways instead of 6-lanes EXPRESSWAYS between important cities & 4-lanes between all districts (a must) for the rising population,economy & the coming decade for all forthcoming generations; not to mention Railways—hardly anything substantial happening there. Whereas, there is a huge potential for all this to thrive INDUSTRIALIZATION in the state.
    The much talked EASTERN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR has a lot on stake for industrialists & a lot to offer for everyone; would plead all of delegates involved to get this started at the earliest as it is not only going to add to our nations ailing GDP but for the whole region.

    I would b to naive to say all this but I’m not wrong in saying that ministers,leaders,IAS,etc of Bihar thinks the same but does only whats best politically(short term in most dimensions of governance)

    Although, I m thrilled to see the changes but
    Specially infrastructure(all dimension) & welfare projects for people shouldn’t be stalled any further as its already 2012 now & only if we strongly implement whats there on paper already, could we become self-sufficient instead of have to wait for national & global summits to aid to partial development & become an example of governance in the modern era.

    Ofcourse, it is the new attitude of people living in Bihar & an acute leadership that has helped Bihar come forward to this juncture since the last decade; but like we have seen it is easy to wish a change for a while but always a challenge to sustain it for the coming generations unless we have an united will to no succumb to 2nd standards in all walks of development. I always have this thought Bihar has a lot to offer to everyone; A lot of things in India in the ancient era started from this very land & its an advantage to our motherland to have us all; It is about time we all thrive to a well structured & modern Bihar catering proudly & with dignity to all sections of diverse society(strong & long term focused governance). An example for all other developing states in India & abroad.
    Hope this Global Summit brings about the very said & long-awaited overall development

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