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Emerging Kerala is planned as a biennial Global Connect, the first being 'Emerging Kerala 2012' scheduled to be held from 12th – 14th September 2012 at Le Meridien Convention Centre, Kochi, Kerala. The Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh would inaugurate the three-day investment summit.

The event is organised by the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) with the support of the Government of Kerala (GoK), in addition to various Trade and Industrial bodies. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM) are event partners.



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NRI Consortium to invest over Rs 2,000 crore to set up ITeS projects
A Dubai based consortium of NRIs from various countries around the world propose to invest over Rs 2000 crore in Kerala to set up IT/ITES enabled Business Parks and Life Spaces projects.

The investments would primarily be through Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Sebastian Joseph, Chairman of the Consortium, told reporters here.

The proposed 'Emerging Kerala' initiative of the state government here next month and its investment friendly policies have given the NRIs confidence to start their project in Kochi, he said.

Pravasi Investment Consortium & Equity Holdings Ltd (PRINCE Holding) promoted Prince GATES ( Global Advanced Technology Enabled Society) projects are proposed to be set up in about 100 acres in Kochi, Joseph said.

The consortium is awaiting clearances from the concerned authorities and discussions are on with various government authorities and execution partners in this regard, he said. The project is expected to give 20,000 job opportunities.

Each GATES project will contain a Special Business Zone, a Centre for Excellence in Advanced Technology and Innovation, an International Financial Centre, an Education Zone and Hospiltality zones comprising clubs, spas, Service apartments and NRI facilitation centre, he said.

This is perhaps first of its kind investment by NRIs in the country.

At least 350-500 NRIs are participating in each of the projects as a part of the consortium. After the Kerala project takes off, plans are to replicate the same model in other major South Indian cities like Bangalore and Chennai, Joseph said.

The development is envisaged to be completely 'sustainable' and 'self sufficient'.

The focus is to collectively pool resources of individual consortium members to create an infrastructure that is conducive to and supporting of technology based firm.

It is aimed at facilitating interaction, technology development, economic growth, new venture creation, Shaji Baby John, Chairman Kings Infra Ventures ltd, said.
Master Plan ready for Kerala's largest IT project, Techocity-Trivandrum

Kerala readies ‘biggest’ software hub plan

Kerala has finalised the master plan for its biggest information technology park, Technocity, where software majors like Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys are setting up their new campuses.
Technocity, spread across 450 acres on either side of the national highway on the outskirts of the capital city, will offer state-of-art infrastructure facilities for intending investors.

The picturesque technopolis when fully commissioned will be an integrated IT township, encompassing IT/ITES infrastructure, residential apartments, shopping malls with multiplexes, hospitals, hotels, educational institutions and other support facilities.

“We have been getting enquiries from across the world seeking information on investment potential and possibilities. Once completed, Kerala would possibly become the focus of the IT industry in the coming years. It will also be showcased at the Emerging Kerala event in Kochi next month and Gitex in Dubai the following month,” said K G Girish Babu, the chief executive officer. The Technocity will have up to 30mn square feet of built-up space with multiple buildings for its tenant organisations and the estimated investment would be around Rs50bn.

It would also focus on areas other than IT such as bio-technology, nano-technology, high-end manufacturing and research and development.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is setting up their Global Learning Academy with an investment of around Rs15bn in the 82 acres that has already been allotted to them. This will be one of the largest such facility in Asia with a capacity of 16,000 seats. Infosys, the second largest software exporter after TCS, has already acquired 50 acres with a Special Economic Zone status. Technopark would be developing a 50-acre campus for companies who want to set up their IT/ITES units in the Technocity campus.

SunTec Business Solutions also plans to set up its campus in the 10 acres allotted to it. Other major IT companies will also be setting up offices besides important educational and research institutes like the Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management –Kerala (IIITM-K) while the Asian School of Business which has its campus at Technopark’s first phase is in the process of setting up their campus on 10 acres in Technocity.

The Technopark has already become the single largest employment provider in Kerala. The Technopark has nearly 270 companies providing direct employment to more than 37,000 highly paid IT/ITES professionals and 150,000 people indirectly. “We are quite confident that after completion of this project, it would help in generating more talent in our capital and would provide more job opportunities for natives of Kerala and put the state firmly on the global IT map” said M Vasudevan, senior manager (business development), Technopark.
എമേര്*ജിങ് കേരള സംസ്ഥാനത്തെ അടിമുടി മാറ്റട്ടെയെന്ന് മോഹന്*ലാല്*

തിരുവനന്തപുരം: എമേര്*ജിങ് കേരള സംസ്ഥാനത്തിന്റെ എല്ലാ ജാലകങ്ങളും എല്ലാ ദേശങ്ങളിലേക്കും തുറന്നിടുന്നതാകട്ടെയെന്ന് നടന്* മോഹന്*ലാല്*. ഇതില്* വിഭാവനം ചെയ്യുന്ന പദ്ധതികള്* പൂര്*ണതയില്* സാദ്ധ്യമായാല്* കേരളം അടിമുടി മാറുകയും നമ്മുടെ നാട്ടില്* പുതിയ ചലനങ്ങളും ചക്രവാളങ്ങളും ഉണ്ടാകുമെന്നും കരുതുന്നതായി മോഹന്*ലാല്* പറഞ്ഞു. തന്റെ ബ്ലോഗിലെഴുതിയ കുറിപ്പിലാണ് നിക്ഷേപക സംഗമമായ എമേര്*ജിങ് കേരളയ്ക്ക് ലാല്* ആശംസ നേര്*ന്നത്.

പാര്*ട്ടികളും വിശ്വാസങ്ങളും എല്ലാം വ്യത്യസ്തമാകുമ്പോഴും പൊതുവായ ഒരു പുരോഗമന അവബോധം നിലനിര്*ത്തുമ്പോള്* മാത്രമേ നാട് മുന്നോട്ടുപോകൂ. ഒരു കാര്യം ആര് ചെയ്യുന്നുവെന്നല്ല, എന്താണ് ചെയ്യുന്നതെന്നു നോക്കിയാല്* മതി. വിമര്*ശങ്ങള്* ആവാം. പക്ഷേ അവ ക്രിയാത്മകമാകണം. കഷ്ടമെന്ന് പറയട്ടെ. പലപ്പോഴും നമ്മുടെ നാട്ടില്* അങ്ങനെയല്ല ഉണ്ടാകുന്നത്- അദ്ദേഹം പറയുന്നു.

മറ്റ് രാജ്യങ്ങളിലും ഇന്ത്യയിലെതന്നെ മറ്റ് സംസ്ഥാനങ്ങളിലും പോകുമ്പോള്* ആ നാടിന്റെ വികസനവുമായി കേരളത്തെ താന്* താരതമ്യം ചെയ്ത് നോക്കാറുണ്ട്. മിക്ക കാര്യങ്ങളിലും നിരാശയാണ് ഫലം. ഇതിന് ഏതെങ്കിലും രാഷ്ട്രീയ പ്രസ്ഥാനം മാത്രം കുറ്റക്കാരാണെന്ന് താന്* വിശ്വസിക്കുന്നില്ല. ഇക്കാലം വരെ ഭരിച്ചവരും ഭരിപ്പിച്ചവരും ഞാനടക്കം എല്ലാവരും കുറ്റക്കാരാണ്. എമേര്*ജിങ് കേരള പുതിയൊരു കേരളത്തിനായുള്ള പ്രതീക്ഷയുടെ പരിശ്രമമാണെന്നും ലാല്* ആശംസിച്ചു.
മേയറുടെ അധ്യക്ഷതയില്* പ്രത്യേക സമിതി

കൊച്ചി: എമര്*ജിങ് കേരളയില്* പങ്കെടുക്കാനെത്തുന്നവരെ വരവേല്*ക്കാനുള്ള ഒരുക്കങ്ങള്*ക്ക് തുടക്കമായി. മേയര്* ടോണി ചമ്മണിയുടെ അധ്യക്ഷതയില്* ജില്ലാ കളക്ടര്* പി.ഐ. ഷെയ്ക്ക് പരീത്, ഐജി കെ. പത്മകുമാര്*, സിറ്റി പോലീസ് കമ്മീഷണര്* എം.ആര്*. അജിത് കുമാര്*, റൂറല്* പോലീസ് മേധാവി കെ.പി. ഫിലിപ്പ് എന്നിവരുടെ നേതൃത്വത്തിലുള്ള സമിതിയാണ് ഒരുക്കങ്ങള്*ക്ക് നേതൃത്വം നല്*കുന്നത്. അങ്കമാലി മുതല്* കുമ്പളം വരെയുള്ള തദ്ദേശ സ്ഥാപനങ്ങളുടെ അധ്യക്ഷന്*മാരും സമിതിയില്* അംഗങ്ങളാണ്.

വ്യവസായ മന്ത്രി പി.കെ. കുഞ്ഞാലിക്കുട്ടിയുടെ അധ്യക്ഷതയില്* ചേര്*ന്ന തദ്ദേശ സ്ഥാപന അധ്യക്ഷന്*മാരുടെയും വകുപ്പ് തലവന്*മാരുടെയും യോഗത്തിലാണ് സമിതിയെ നിയോഗിച്ചത്. വിവിധ സബ് കമ്മിറ്റികള്*ക്കും ഉടനെ രൂപം നല്*കും. സപ്തംബര്* മൂന്ന് മുതല്* ഒരുക്കങ്ങള്* സജീവമാക്കും. നഗര ശുചീകരണം, സുരക്ഷ, ഗതാഗത ക്രമീകരണം തുടങ്ങി വിവിധ വിഷയങ്ങളിലും പ്രാഥമിക ചര്*ച്ച നടന്നു.സപ്തംബര്* 12 മുതല്* 14 വരെ ഹോട്ടല്* ലെ മെറിഡിയന്* കണ്*വെന്*ഷന്* സെന്ററിലാണ് എമര്*ജിങ് കേരള. 12ന് പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി മന്*മോഹന്* സിങ് ഉദ്ഘാടനം ചെയ്യും. പന്ത്രണ്ട് കേന്ദ്രമന്ത്രിമാര്*, കാനഡ വിദേശ മന്ത്രി, വിവിധ രാജ്യങ്ങളുടെ അംബാസഡര്*മാര്*, ലോകത്തിന്റെ വിവിധ ഭാഗങ്ങളില്* നിന്നുള്ള നിക്ഷേപകര്* തുടങ്ങിയ പ്രമുഖര്* എമര്*ജിങ് കേരളയ്*ക്കെത്തും.

എമര്*ജിങ് കേരളയ്ക്ക് മുന്നോടിയായി നഗരശുചീകരണവും റോഡുകളുടെ അറ്റകുറ്റപ്പണിയും ഊര്*ജിതമാക്കാന്* യോഗം തീരുമാനിച്ചു. നെടുമ്പാശ്ശേരി വിമാനത്താവളം മുതല്* അരൂര്* വരെ പൊതുറോഡുകളിലെ അനധികൃത പരസ്യ ബോര്*ഡുകളും കമാനങ്ങളും നീക്കം ചെയ്യും. ഒരുക്കങ്ങള്* സുഗമമാക്കുന്നതിന് രാഷ്ട്രീയ പാര്*ട്ടി പ്രതിനിധികളുടെ യോഗം വിളിക്കും.

മരട് കാര്*ഷിക മൊത്ത വ്യാപാര വിപണിയിലും ദേശീയ പാതയ്ക്ക് സമീപത്തെ മറ്റ് ഒഴിഞ്ഞ സ്ഥലങ്ങളിലുമായാണ് വാഹന പാര്*ക്കിങ് ക്രമീകരിക്കുക. പ്രതിനിധികളുടെ യാത്രാ സൗകര്യത്തിനായി കാറുകള്*ക്ക് പകരം എ.സി ബസ്സുകള്* ഏര്*പ്പെടുത്തും. മാര്*ഗനിര്*ദേശങ്ങള്* നല്*കുന്നതിന് ഹോട്ടലുകളില്* ട്രാവല്* ഡസ്*കുകളും ഇന്*ഫര്*മേഷന്* സെന്ററുകളും പ്രവര്*ത്തിക്കും. ഗതാഗത ക്രമീകരണത്തിന് കൂടുതല്* പോലീസുകാരെ നിയോഗിക്കും. ട്രാഫിക് സിഗ്*നലുകളുടെ പ്രവര്*ത്തനവും ഉറപ്പു വരുത്തും.
‘Emerging Kerala’ gets a celebrity blogger

“Emerging Kerala” has got a celebrity blogger. The celebrity is none other than actor Mohanlal, who, in his latest posting on his blog, has batted in favour of the mega industrial investment initiative of the State government to be held in September.

For Mohanlal, “Emerging Kerala” is not just an investment meet, but an event that will open the doors to cultural and commercial exchange between Kerala and the world, bringing in winds of change that will promote industrial development and growth.

He says in the blog that he views “Emerging Kerala” as a mission to recapture what the State had lost in terms of industrial development. Comparing Kerala with other States, he says he is disappointed that Kerala has fallen far behind.

“I don’t believe any political movement could be blamed for this. All those who ruled us and those who gave opportunities to the rulers, including myself, are responsible,” he says in his blog. However, the lost opportunities can be recaptured through committed work, without preconception. I perceive “Emerging Kerala” in this light. It is a mission. A big effort, with a lot of hope, for a new Kerala, he says.

Mohanlal has been blogging for some time now, but this is the first time that he has dwelt on industrial development of the State. The blog, according to the organisers of “Emerging Kerala,” will be a morale booster for the event.
Tourism tops in emerging Kerala agenda

Identified as one of the key sectors to propel Kerala’s future economic growth, tourism is going to be high on the agenda when investors across the continents would come down for the three-day summit, starting September 12 in Kochi.

Tourism Minister A P Anilkumar said that the government had come out with a tourism policy, which sought to beef up the state’s infrastructure and involve people’s participation in a bigger scale.

“We are creating an atmosphere which would enable potential investors to be our long-term partners of growth. Emerging Kerala-2012 is going to be a wonderful chance for us to showcase our plans and projects before the world,” he said.

Some of the interesting projects from the private sector are a state-of-the-art hotel at the upcoming world-class Edu Health City at Panakkad, a Destination Development Boat Club at Thirurangadi, both in Malappuram district, Adventure Sports Arena at the picturesque Vagamon, a Mist Valley Resort and Spa and a Spice Valley Resort in Idukki.

An underwater aquarium at Arookutty in coastal Alappuzha district is also being planned, besides a Marine Leisure Island at Dharmadom in upstate Kannur and a botanical garden and forest lodge at Nelliampathy in Palakkad district.

Realising the potential of the sector, the government will set up a cabinet sub-committee on Tourism, which will be headed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Anilkumar said.

The Minister said that infrastructure development at tourism destinations had been one of the government’s priority areas. The Tourism Department will prepare infrastructure plans for major destinations in association with related departments, he pointed out.

Alkesh Sharma, managing director of KSIDC, said; “We have chalked out some innovative projects which can further power the growth of the tourism sector. We are confident of gaining support from the leading investors to be partners of our growth.”

The Tourism Department is now drafting an integrated Tourism Master Plan to give shape to new plans and create an investor-friendly environment, said tourism secretary Suman Billa.

“We will introduce a fast-track clearance system for tourism projects with investments of over Rs 10 crore. Incentives, subsidies and other assistance have been lined up for Responsible Tourism, marketing activities and home stay promotion,” he said.

Echoing similar sentiments, Kerala Tourism Director, Rani George, said that as part of upgrading basic infrastructure, engaged in developing wayside facilities, the authorities were planning more adventure tourism activities and encouraging multi-experience packages and products.

The new policy also includes a campaign on ‘Kerala Waste-Free Destination’, ten thematic museums in the next decade to showcase the cultural heritage of Kerala and setting up of information centres at major tourist destinations with information kiosks and trained staff to cater to the needs of visitors.

Source: Kerala Kaumudi
Some other pain against 'Emerging Kerala'. Kerala ,At least wake now and make up for the lost time.We are much behind other states.

Collective opposes Emerging Kerala meet
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The government has not elaborated on the projects and the share of private participation in it.

A people’s collective against the alleged lack of transparency in the projects to be presented during the Emerging Kerala initiative of the government will be held here from September 12 to 14.

Addressing a press conference, A. Vasu, chairperson, and Tushar Nirmal Sarathi, general convener of the programme, accused the government of not sharing the entire details of the projects to be showcased at the event. The government has not elaborated on the projects and the share of private participation in it. Transparency seems to be lacking, generating doubts whether the Emerging Kerala would be a repeat of the Global Investors Meet of the previous United Democratic Front government that had failed miserably, they said.

Mr. Vasu said that the government has agreed to open up nearly 26 sectors for private participation including certain key areas like retail, port, information technology, tourism, energy and health. He said that the move to legalise the reclamation of wetlands and allowing conversion of five per cent of plantations for tourism and cultivation of other crops were part of the larger agenda of plundering the natural resources for the benefit of private investors.

Representatives of the collective also accused the CPI (M) of remaining silent and not declaring their stance on the projects to be presented at the Emerging Kerala event. They also blamed that the government has completely sidelined the agriculture sector by not announcing even a single project as part of the initiative.

Emerging Kerala is planned as a biennial Global Connect, the first being 'Emerging Kerala 2012' scheduled to be held from September 12 to 14. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the event.

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CPM has started protesting against Emerging Kerala meet. Hope they dont stand in the way of attracting new investments as a part of Emerging Kerala. This opposition is really an obstacle in Kerala's development

VS not to attend Emerging Kerala Meet

Posted on: 31 Aug 2012

Aluva: Opposition leader V S Achuthanandhan said he would not take part in the Emerging Kerala Meet to be held in Kochi due to the prevailing state of corruption and allegations. VS told mediapersons in Aluva on Friday that the govt is bound to reply to the various allegations raised against it.

The govt's aim is to engage in land transactions and plans to enter into land dealings in Neliyampathy and Wagamon including forest lands. As there is lack of clarity on the different projects, VS said he would not attend the Emerging Kerala Meet even if he is invited.

The Emerging Kerala Meet will take place in Kochi between September 12 and 14.
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Not only CPM, even Congress leaders are protesting :)

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Emerging Kerala projects should be transparent: ‘Green’ Group MLAs

Fresh trouble is brewing inside the UDF over the upcoming Emerging Kerala investment meet with a group of UDF MLAs championing the cause of ‘Greens’ and openly demanding that the state government must ensure that all land transactions for Emerging Kerala projects are transparent and according to norms.

In a blog post, greenthoughtskerala. blogspot. in, which was started to discuss ‘Green’ politics, the MLAs demanded that all new projects and investments must adhere to the principle of sustainable growth. “It should be noted that all types of industries cannot be brought to Kerala.

The state has certain geographical peculiarities, and also has a very high density of population. These primary facts should be taken into consideration while we select projects. “The government should ensure that when new investment flows in, no harm is done to Kerala’s bio-diversity, environment and priceless natural wealth,” the blog said. The Green brigade in the UDF -MLAs V D Satheesan, T N Pratapan, Hibi Eden, V T Balram (all from the Congress), M V Shreyams Kumar from the Socialist Janata (Democratic) and K M Shaji of the IUML has come out with their stand at a time when the CPM-led LDF has decided to boycott the investment summit. The MLAs demanded that the Land Reforms Act, the 1980 Forest Act and all laws and regulations aimed at the welfare of the indigenous communities and primitive tribes should be followed in letter and spirit. “No dilution of these laws should be permitted. Land is a precious commodity in Kerala. And the availability of land is also limited. We must ensure that all land transactions for Emerging Kerala projects are transparent and lawful. Public land, whether it be revenue land or forest land, should not be handed over to private investors. The control and the ownership of the land should be with the government,” said the post. Further, it said that all land-related matters must be according to the laws of the land and strict regulatory measures should be incorporated in the basic project plan itself. “If land is being given on lease, very strict lease agreements should be in place. The lease rates should be in proportion with the market value of the said land and it should be renewed annually. The agreement should also ensure that the land is not being used for any other purpose other than for the original project,” the blog said.
Sudheeran: Bid to push through controversial projects

Controversial projects like mineral sand mining have taken a new avatar through Emerging Kerala summit, said senior Congress leader V M Sudheeran. Addressing the Kerala environment meeting organised by the Kerala Paristhithi Aikyavedi here on Sunday, he said that the project has been given a new name ‘sand processing’ under Emerging Kerala. The Emerging Kerala summit is attempting to promote several controversial projects

which were earlier rejected by the public, he alleged. The administrators too have a role in making the summit controversial, he added. Sudheeran demanded that a scrutiny of Emerging Kerala projects should be conducted by a committee headed by Chief Secretary and officials and environmentalists as members. All development projects should get the clearance of the committee. The Congress leader said that agencies like the Pollution Control Board and KSCSTE had several drawbacks. “The government should ensure transparency in development projects. It is unfortunate that officials who hold some key posts are not affected by change in governments,’’ he said. The state is facing a serious situation with paddyfields, rivers and forests fast disappearing. Drinking water shortage has become acute. Those who express opposition to environmental destruction are being branded as anti-development, he said.

Environmentalists R V G Menon, Sugathakumari, M K Prasad and V S Vijayan addressed the meeting which will conclude on Monday.
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Congress le puthiya group ano Green Group.:nuts:

These protests are good to keep the Govt in check. But I fear CPI(M) may take this to streets and investors will never return for another 10 years.:bash:
Yes, i too think.. but not CPM , it may be by VS

Congress le puthiya group ano Green Group.:nuts:

These protests are good to keep the Govt in check. But I fear CPI(M) may take this to streets and investors will never return for another 10 years.:bash:
അങ്ങേരു മാത്രം മതിയല്ലോ? നഞ്ഞെന്തിനാ നാനാഴി?
Yes, i too think.. but not CPM , it may be by VS
When will we open our eyes and see the world around us. Pottakkinattile Kure thavalakal eppozhum KROM KROM ennu chilachukondirikkum, bakkiyullavaru Athu aettupadum. Gods Own foot....its God forsaken country. these people r a menace to civilized world. Sorry for this outburst but can't control my feelings
DileepKS said:
അങ്ങേരു മാത്രം മതിയല്ലോ? നഞ്ഞെന്തിനാ നാനാഴി?
You mean V.M Sudheeran; the VS of Congress? ;)
Yes, i too think.. but not CPM , it may be by VS

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