Why Invest in Bengal

West Bengal is situated in eastern India and shares its borders with Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Sikkim and Assam. The state also shares international borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. The Bay of Bengal is in the south of the state. Hinterland consisting of mineral rich states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha.

Facts and Figures
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    West Bengal has the Sixth largest economy (2012–2013) in India with an GSDP of $57.2 billion behind Maharashtra ($137 billion), Tamil Nadu ($73.4 billion), Uttar Pradesh ($72.7 billion), Andhra Pradesh ($70 billion), and Gujarat ($69.5 billion)*

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    At current prices, the gross state domestic product (GSDP) of West Bengal is estimated at US$ 114.6 billion in 2012-13. Over 2012-13, outstanding investments in West Bengal totaled US$ 126.2 billion.*

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    At current prices, the gross state domestic product (GSDP) of West Bengal is estimated at US$ 138.158 billion in 2013-14 and the gross domestic product (GDP) of West Bengal is estimated at US$ 138.227 billion in 2013-14.*

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    The leather industry has a very high potential for growth due to easy availability of raw materials like hides and skins. Availability of skilled manpower for such activities has been the strength of this area.*

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    Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri are two northern districts of West Bengal, where most of the tea gardens are located. Darjeeling tea is the finest tea in the world. Kolkata port is the biggest tea-handling port in India as well as Kolkata is the biggest tea auction market in India.*

Source : Bureau of Appplied Economics and Statistics, Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Govt. of West Bengal and Press Note on 9th Feb., 2015, CSO, Govt. of India.
Note    : Here the Growth of GVA at Factor Cost, West Bengal converted Base 2004-05 to 2011-12, taken as New Base Year (2011-12) Estimation.

West Bengal Quick Facts

Location Advantage

Its locational advantage makes the state a traditional market for eastern India, the Northeast, Nepal and Bhutan. It is also a strategic entry point for markets in Southeast Asia. The cost of operating a business is lower in Kolkata than in other metropolitan cities.

6th Largest Economy*

West Bengal, India’s sixth largest economy, had a gross state domestic product (GSDP) of US$ 114.6 billion in 2012-13. The state’s GSDP expanded at a CAGR of 14.6 per cent during 2005-13.

Top Notch Institutes*

There are 22 universities and sizeable research institutes in West Bengal. It is host to top-notch institutes like IIT Kharagpur and NIT-Durgapur. Knowledge of English is an advantage for the workforce of West Bengal, especially in Kolkata.

Top IT And ITeS Companies

Over 500 IT and ITeS companies operate in the state, employing more than 120,000 professionals.The state government has started work on the 13 proposed IT parks,The IT parks will be located mostly in tier-II cities like Asansol, Kharagpur, Malda, Haldia, Durgapur, Kalyani, Rajarhat, Siliguri. The work for the IT park at Durgapur is in advanced stages.

Rich In Natural Resources And Minerals*

West Bengal has abundant natural resources of minerals and suitable agro-climatic conditions for agriculture, horticulture and fisheries. It is in vicinity to mineral rich states like Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha. The contribution of the textile industry to the state’s GSDP is targeted to rise to 10.0 per cent by 2022-23 from 5.2 per cent in 2009-10.

Excellent Connectivity

West Bengal offers excellent connectivity to the rest of India in terms of railways,roadways, ports and airports. Major stretches of the golden quadrilateral project also pass through the northern districts of the state.

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