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"India can be a World Leader in Paper Sector ", says Busi Sam Bob, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce Dept, Govt of A.P

Delivering the Chief Guest address at the inaugural session of PaperTech 2009 held at CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, Mr Busi Sam Bob, IAS, Principal Secretary of Industries & Commerce Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh said, the pulp and paper industry in India holds huge potential and can become a global leader, given the lower consumption and production costs in the Country.

Mr Busi Sam Bob further said the State has emerged to be the leader in paper industry which became possible due to fine blend of good infrastructure and support by the Government and best practices implemented by the industry players.

Mr Busi Sam Bob also released the "National & International Best Practices Manual - Pulp & Paper Industry', a compilation of some of the identified national and international best practices of the pulp &paper sector. The objective of the manual is to act as a catalyst to promote activities in Indian pulp &paper plants towards continual improvement in the performance of individual units and thereby move towards making Indian pulp & paper industry world class.

Mr Pradeep Dhobale, Chairman, Energy Efficiency Council, CII - Godrej GBC & Divisional Chief Executive, ITC ?? PSPD, in his special address, said Andhra Pradesh would soon become the ??Pulpwood Bowl of India' and added that green cover is increasing rapidly and appealed the paper mills to invest in measures that would bring down the energy consumption considerably.

Mr K S Kasi Viswanathan, Chairman Papertech 2009 & Deputy Managing Director, Seshasayee Paper and Boards Limited, in his theme address, said, paper-making has become eco-friendly, thanks to the quantum jump in technology in the last 10 years. Adding further, Mr Kasi Viswanathan said that many industries are actually able to reduce costs by implementing the Corporate Responsibility for Environment Protection (CREP) initiative with a commitment to reducing water and waste.

Mr Y Harish Chandra Prasad, Chairman, CII-AP & Chairman, Malaxmi Infra Ventures (India) P Ltd, in his welcome address spoke on the activities and initiatives of CII- Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre.

The two-day interactive session with leading paper manufacturers of the country aims to enlighten the participants on the latest trends and technologies, best practices besides creating a platform for networking among stakeholders. The event would also explore and work towards developing at least three world class energy efficient pulp and paper plants by 2010.

July 2, 2009 - Hyderabad

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