The week-long Make in India event has secured investment commitments worth Rs 15.2 lakh crore, with host state Maharashtra alone accounting for Rs 8 lakh crore. Besides, it received investment enquiries worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore. “The multi-sectoral Make in India Week has been a great success. We’ve managed to get investment commitments to the tune of over Rs 15.2 lakh crore from the event,” DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant told reporters at the closing press meet at the MMRDA Grounds here today. He is hopeful that the summit will create a favourable environment for investors from across the world. Out of the total investment commitments, the host state made up for more than half, at Rs 8 lakh crore, Kant said, adding that Maharashtra could become the gateway for the rest of the country. Out of the total commitment pie, 30 percent have come from foreign players. “We have already opened the economy across sectors to the world. We’re now showcasing, connecting and collaborating for manufacturing in the country,” Kant said, adding that the summit is not about manufacturing alone, but innovation and nurturing inventors. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on February 13 inaugurated the maiden Make in India Week at the MMRDA Grounds at BKC in Central Mumbai. The jamboree, for which the Modi-led government has reportedly spent close to Rs 100 crore in marketing alone, is part of the government’s push to create jobs by increasing the share of manufacturing to GDP to 25 percent over the next decade, from the 16-17 percent now. The domestic economy has for long been supported by the services sector, which alone contributes more than 60 percent of GDP. The summit, despite a reasonably good participation from Corporate India and global companies, had its own share of shortcomings, with poor coordination among various agencies such as DIPP, PIB and industry lobby CII coming to the fore.
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