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‘NE has become focus of regional development’
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 20 - With the Central Government focusing on the development of North East India in recent years, the region has been witnessing a momentum in trade and commerce, with agriculture leading the way. With tourism already becoming a booming industry in the recent decades, it is time for MSME sectors to up the ante and leverage on the growth-enabling policies introduced by the Government.

At the 2nd Emerging North East, an event organised by ASSOCHAM, Guwahati MP Bijoya Chakravarty reiterated that the North East has become the centre of attraction in regional development and it has now a real chance of becoming a major part of India’s growth story.

“The North East is a vantage entry point for the Southeast Asian markets. This resource-rich region, with its vast expanse of fertile farmland and huge untapped human capital, has the potential to be India’s most prosperous region in the coming years. I invite all associations present here to make complete use of these advantages to move India’s economy towards prosperity. The North East has witnessed tremendous development in recent years in terms of infrastructure. However, the local people still need proper training in order to absorb the employment opportunities from the new industries to be set up in the State,” she said.

She also stressed the potential of the fishery sector in the region and recommended wise use of modern technologies in the sector for proper business generation.

The three-day event has been organised to facilitate investments and partnerships, provide opportunities to local youth, women, NGOs and developmental agencies to network with national-level institutions, industries, experts and officials from various departments.

The Bureau of Outreach and Communication (BOC) is representing the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting by putting up a photo exhibition on ‘Saaf Niyat Sahi Vikas’ and ‘150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’. The staff artistes of the BOC will also present live art performances during the three-day event.

Chakravarty appreciated the exhibition stall for displaying the achievements of the Government through photographs and videos.

Inaugurating the event, Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM, said, “The North East enjoys locational and resource advantage to be promoted as an international trading and commercial hub. This year Emerging North East 2019 aims to strengthen industries like tourism, horticulture, food processing, agriculture, etc. This will not only help India in becoming a major economic superpower, but will also open immense opportunities for employment and income generation, leading to poverty alleviation and social sustenance in a comprehensive way and fulfilling the dreams of millions of our compatriots. Therefore, attracting business in North East India for the overall well-being of the region is our top priority now. We are making efforts to create interventions for building business partnership and have fruitful meetings and discussions to grow North East’s footprints all over India.”

Emerging North East 2019 aims to highlight and showcase the potential of this region in sectors like agriculture, horticulture, food processing, livestock, rural development, infrastructure, energy, social and development sectors. With developing commercial links, North East India can become a prosperous doorway to India’s future and get on to the world stage by taking up opportunities offered.

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