Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday appealed to business leaders in Munich to invest in manufacturing in her state, describing it as the preferred destination for industrialists.

Assuring potential investors of support from the state government, Banerjee said one of West Bengal’s unique advantages is its strategic location—its proximity to south-east Asian countries—which could make it a bridge to a large market.

Banerjee said West Bengal also had a large pool of young professionals and trained workers.

Speaking about the economy, she said West Bengal was growing faster than the national average, and it had sufficient power generation to support new industrial units, unlike many other Indian states.

The chief minister received a standing ovation from business leaders, said Mayank Jalan, managing director of Kolkata-based Keventer Group, who is travelling with Banerjee. “The response from the audience was superb," he added.