WEF meet: Karnataka inks MoU with Lulu group for Rs 2,000-cr investment


Team Udayavani, May 23, 2022, 8:32 PM IST

Karnataka government on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lulu International Group for an investment of Rs 2,000 crore in the presence of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meet being held in Davos, Switzerland.

The Chief Minister held talks also with heads of Jubilant Group, Hitachi, Hero Motocorp and Siemens, among others.

Lulu Group intends to open four shopping malls and hypermarkets.

It is also keen to establish export-oriented food units in Karnataka, and the projects are expected to create employment opportunities for 10,000 people, the Chief Minister’s office said in a statement.

Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani, Additional Chief Secretary in the Department of Commerce and Industry E V Ramana Reddy, CM’s Principal Secretary N Manjunath Prasad, Commissioner of Industries department Gunjan Krishna and others were present.

Bommai invited the Jubilant Group to explore the investment opportunities in pharma and FMCG sectors in Karnataka, and made a pitch for the FMCG Park being established in Dharwad and explained the incentive package being offered by the State to draw the investors to set up their units here.

Jubilant Food Works has decided to set up its centralised kitchen and Jubilant Biosys is keen to establish its R&D unit in a 10-acre plot at Devanahalli.

Presently, about 9,000 people are working with Jubilant in the State.

Meanwhile, Hitachi Energy conveyed its interest during the talks to set up an EV-charging infrastructure unit in the State.

The company has evinced interest to explore the opportunities in energy and digitalisation sectors considering the immense talent pool available in Bengaluru, the release said. The company is set to inaugurate its energy quality instrument unit at Doddaballapur.

Hitachi Energy has its head office in Bengaluru and it is building a centre of engineering, which would engage about 2,000 engineers.

Noting that Siemens is taking up two projects in Bengaluru focussing on magnetic imaging and diagnostics and a health-related R&D project, the CMO said the company plans to lay the foundation stone for setting up a medical equipment manufacturing unit at Bommasandra in September 2022 to cater to the domestic market.

Bommai Minister has been invited to the programme. The company currently has about 2,000 engineers.

The State government has assured the company of special incentives to set up its production unit for modern medical equipment, it said, adding that representatives of Siemens and the State government also discussed the ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ project to draw investments to Tumakuru, Hubballi-Dharwad and Mysuru cities.

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