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Focus on Mizoram as gateway to SE Asia

 KOLKATA, Oct 2 - Projecting Mizoram as the best connectivity option, a Kolkata-based thinktank is focusing on the Northeastern State as the gateway to South East Asia.

 Centre for Eastern and North Eastern Regional Studies Research Centre, Kolkata (CENERS-K) is organising a two-day seminar in Aizawl which would project the State as the prospective link to southeast Asia as it shared international boundary with Myanmar.

Former chief of army staff Gen Shankar Roychowdhury, one of the patrons of the body, said Mizoram would have to look much more towards the West for the success of the Centre’s Look East policy which had not really benefitted the Northeastern States.

He said Mizoram would be the best connectivity option in the current scenario. “There is need for a holistic infrastructural development in the State to achieve that purpose.”

The seminar would also discuss value-addition of goods imported or exported through the State.

The two-day meet would be held on October 5-6 and supported by CII, Mizoram Govt and Numaligarh Refinery. – PTI

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