New Delhi, Sep 30 (Agency) Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tried to sell brand Karnataka, urging the business captains of the state to showcase traditional Karnataka products at the upcoming G20 meetings, benefitting its people ahead of 2023 assembly elections in the state. Towards this goal, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam on Thursday urged Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) to showcase particularly products of small and medium, and also handicrafts industries at the upcoming G20 meet in Bengaluru so that Karnataka people reaps benefits from it.
“I will honestly request the Chambers of Commerce Chambers to work together with those industries, particularly small and medium, and also those, particularly handicrafts and those in which traditional Karnataka items are being produced. They should all be showcased so that the benefit of G20 coming over to Karnataka will be fully reaped by people of Karnataka,” she said addressing the 105th Annual General Meeting of Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) here. The minister also branded Karnataka by saying that G-20 meetings will happen not just in Delhi, but could happen in Karnataka where there are several destinations. “Next year, India is going to hold the chair for G-20.
The 20 countries and multilateral institutions which are invited to participate will be moving all over the country. The Prime Minister has said G-20 meetings will happen not just in Delhi, most of them will happen outside of Delhi, and there are several destinations in Karnataka where the meetings will be held,” she said. Sitharaman also said, “I hope and earnestly wish, and I will certainly do my bit for Karnataka to do its branding, to identify those products, which can really be branded and showcased during the G-20 meetings. It will immediately attract the attention of the top leadership which will be moving across the country during the course of next year.” Interestingly, Sitharaman is Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka.