In a big connectivity boost for people and local business firms, Union Minister for Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh said the first train to Bangladesh from Agartala will be flagged off soon.
Singh was addressing at the inaugural Session of 2-day India-ASEAN Business Summit in New Delhi on November 11th, 2019. He said that collaboration with ASEAN countries will play an important role in meeting the target of 5 trillion economy in India and the contribution of Northeastern states can also not be underestimated in it.
The Minister said that connectivity in Northeast has been the main focus of the current Government, with Sikkim getting its first airport last year. He said that Itanagar will also soon get an airport.
He added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been reiterating the emphasis on closer and progressive collaboration with ASEAN countries and also focus on the development of Northeastern region of India. “This is important for business and trade development,” the Minister added.
Singh said that Northeast has unexplored potential which needs to be tapped. He added that the new engine of the ASEAN collaboration has been spearheaded by the Northeastern region.
The Minister mentioned that first-ever citrus fruit park has been developed in Mizoram with Israeli collaboration. “We need to have a vision and futuristic approach,” the Minister emphasised.
More than 60 delegates from 10 ASEAN countries and more than 200 delegates from India are participating in the summit.
Speaking about the tourism potential of Northeast, the Minister said that tourism has grown manifold in the recent years, specially with Homestay tourism in the region. “The Government will set up a Films and Training Institute of India in Arunachal Pradesh,” the Minister added.
He added that many initiatives have been taken to promote start-ups in Northeast, such as tax holiday, provision of exit period and ‘Venture fund’ which is being offered by the DoNER Ministry. These initiatives have helped in curbing the youth exodus from the region, the Minister said.
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