Dantewada, Chhattisgarh: NITI Aayog is holding India’s first Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit at Dantewada, Chhattisgarh on 14th Nov, 2017. The event is a part of 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit being held in India for the first time with the joint efforts of Government of India and United States of America. The tribal entrepreneurship summit will see the participation of tribal entrepreneurs from various sectors across the country and abroad.
The summit will be addressed by eminent speakers like Shri. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog;Shri. YS Chowdhary, Minister of State for Science and Technology & Earth Sciences and Dr. MS Swaminathan, Father of Green Revolution alongside the gracious presence of Shri. Saurabh Kumar, District Collector, Dantewada. The summit will also witness dignitaries from health and agri-pharma sectors like Shri. Ramanathan Ramanan, Additional Secretary, NITI Aayog; Shri. Tenzing Bodoza, Owner of the Bodosa Farms in Assam, Shri. Rohit Pillai, Director, Rural Caravan;Shri. Nagaraja Prakasam, Founder Chairman, Native Angels Network (NAN); Shri. Shakeb Nabi, Country Director for Christian Aid in Bangladesh and Smt. Rashmi Tiwari, Founder and Director of Aahan Tribal Foundation of India.
The summit is organised to address the problems of the tribal community such as poverty, malnutrition, low literacy and poor health. With the motive to inspire, nurture and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship, this summit ensures yet another mammoth step towards tribal-centric sustainable and inclusive development.
Excited to host the first edition of this summit, Shri. Saurabh Kumar, District Collector, Dantewada said, “We are grateful to the Government of India for choosing Dantewada for this particular summit. I believe, that problems of the tribal community can be solved when inspired individuals challenge the status quo with their entrepreneurial zeal and spirit of innovation and develop solutions building on the core strengths of the tribal regions. This summit not only provides a platform to these individuals but also addresses the issues faced by the tribal community in pragmatic and progressive ways.”
The tribal regions in India are bestowed with the wealth of natural resources like forest and minerals and traditional knowledge that the tribal communities possess about the natural eco-system, medicinal plants, forest produce, handicrafts and agriculture. This summit aims to acknowledge the potentiality of these natural resources in improving the livelihood of the tribal community.