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Bengal CM woos Korean investors

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KOLKATA, Oct. 10

THE Chief Minister, Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, has urged potential South Korean investors to consider investing in the State's IT sector.

Inaugurating a personal computer (PC) manufacturing facility at the Salt Lake Electronics Complex, Mr Bhattacharya routed his request to potential South Korean investors through Samsung Electronics India Information & Telecommunication Ltd (SEIIT), which is a partner in the Rs 3-crore PC manufacturing project.Other partners in the project are Webel Technology Ltd and Syntech Informatics Pvt Ltd.

"This project is a small but decisive step towards growth of the IT hardware segment in the State. Through Samsung, I would like to appeal to South Korean investors to consider investing in West Bengal's IT sector,'' Mr Bhattacharjee said, even as he urged Samsung to manufacture other products as well in the State.

Christened `BuildurPC.com - PC Powered by Samsung', the facility will initially manufacture 1,000 PCs per month, which will be ramped up to 2,000 PCs per month in the future.

Samsung will provide the technology and components while Webel Technology will provide infrastructure and marketing support.Syntech will provide the working capital and manage the assembly line. The PCs will be sold at an "affordable'' price of around Rs 30,000.

According to Mr Bhattacharjee, the project will go as long way in making PCs affordable and thereby help in bridging the digital divide.

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