Goa: Sawant woos investors

The state government made a strong pitch for investments into Goa’s maritime sector at the Maritime India Summit-2021, promising time-bound approvals and a responsive administration to potential investors. Speaking during a session on investment opportunities in Goa, state government officials said that as the state tries to differentiate itself through maritime tourism, several investment opportunities will be unlocked in the coming decade.

Chief minister Pramod Sawant, who spoke at the session, said that the government’s policies will make Goa a “powerhouse” in the maritime sector.

“With my government’s new policy initiatives, Goa will be the powerhouse in the maritime sector. What you will find in Goa is a responsive administration, good people, great climate and international environment,” said Sawant.

Sawant said that the state is a serious player when it comes to building large riverine and ocean-going vessels. “The next office of all maritime stakeholders should be in Goa,” said Sawant.

Industries secretary and secretary to chief minister J Ashok Kumar, who also spoke during the session, said that the Goa Investment Promotion Board offers single window clearances for all investment projects with time bound clearances.

Managing Director of Goa Tourism Development Corporation Nikhil Desai, said that Goa is eyeing the resumption of seaplanes, hovercrafts, yachts and other activities to boost Goa’s image in the tourism sector.

“For seaplanes, the process is underway and we invite investors to participate in the processes. Hovercraft, luxury yacht services again have tremendous potential. Goa is on the cusp of an immense marine revolution and the potential is tremendous. With the right kind of investment in infrastructure and due attention to safety and security of the visitors, Goa can emerge as the numero uno destination,” Desai said.

He also announced that a cruise terminal jetty is being planned in the state capital. The cruise terminal jetty will be built through public-private partnership and will have space for commercial activity.

“The contract is in the process of being framed. We are optimistic that in the next 12 months we will have a jetty terminal building with world class infrastructure facility, which is being built with in association with the private sector. The potential of a lively waterfront with live entertainment music, retail, restaurant is part of our masterplan and we are actively working on it,” said Desai.

He also informed investors that a waterfront is being developed in the state capital and with similar projects being planned along the Chapora and Sal rivers in the next couple of decades.

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