Saudi Arabian oil company evinces interest in Bengal


Kolkata: After IT giant Infosys, and possibly Wipro and Tata Consultancy Services(TCS) — and probably also because of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s pro-Muslim policy — a Saudi Arabia-based oil company has shown keen interest in making a huge investment in West Bengal to help boost its industrial growth, which might change the entire industrial scenario of the State.

A three-member delegation from Riyadh-based Aramco Asia Private Limited, led by its Chairman Brandon D’Souza, called on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna here on Thursday, inquiring about the prospect of investment and setting up of industries in the State.

During the meeting, which lasted about 90 minutes, the chief minister thanked the delegation for their interest in the industrial growth and development of the State and promised them all infrastructural and other support and assistance including land for setting up oil and oil-related industries in any district of their choice.

Though the quantum of investment by the Saudi Arabian company is not officially known, it could certainly be seen as a shot in the arm for the cash-starved State government. The Banerjee government has desperately been looking for considerable foreign investments for the past many years to help boost industry in the State.

During the meeting, the chief minister invited the oil company and their senior representatives to take part in the Biswa Banga Industrial Meet in Kolkata in January 2018, too. The Saudi company’s delegation has accepted the invitation.