PANJIM: The Investment Promotion Board (IPB) meeting held at the CM’s residence at Dona Paula was a continuation of the 22nd meeting that was held at the Secretariat on October 17.
“There were lots of apprehensions about the last IPB meeting as CM chaired it through video conferencing,” IPB member and IT Minister Rohan Khaunte said. “I want to make it clear that this was the continuation meeting. No decision was finalised at the last meeting and no minutes were prepared,” he added.
Khaunte said that the last meeting was called by video conferencing where the CM had a chat with members. “He had asked us to discuss all proposals and bring it to him for final discussion and accordingly that has been done,” he said.
Asked what was discussed at the meeting on Oct 17, he said, it was the role of CEO. “There were lots of FAQs. We appointed sub-committees in addition to consultant KPMG. The sub-committees were to take presentations from the investment, jobs etc and present it to Board,” he said, adding “Accordingly that was done and we were waiting for a date from the CM for conclusion of meeting. Today’s meeting was basically a conclusion of last IPB meeting.”
Khaunte further said that the IPB is a SPV which is made to attract investments and employment. “When the government is trying to get investment, people of Goa, the press and media have to collectively work together and give a right message to investors,” he said.