PM to at­tend Global In­vestors’ Sum­mit in Guwa­hati

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Prime Min­is­ter Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay will be at­tend­ing the two-day Global In­vestors’ Sum­mit that kicks off at the Sarusa­jai Sta­dium com­plex in the In­dian state of Guwa­hati in As­sam to­day.

Ti­tled ‘Ad­van­tage As­sam: Global In­vestors Sum­mit 2018’, the two-day event will high­light As­sam’s geostrate­gic ad­van­tages and core com­pe­ten­cies in dif­fer­ent sec­tors along with the pol­icy ini­tia­tives taken by the In­dian state govern­ment. The event is also in­tended to show­case the man­u­fac­tur­ing prow­ess and the op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by As­sam in

terms of ex­port-ori­ented man­u­fac­tur­ing and ser­vices to grow­ing economies such as the ASEAN and the South­east Asian coun­tries.

The first global in­vestors’ sum­mit, which is also aimed to show­case As­sam’s man­u­fac­tur­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and geostrate­gic ad­van­tages to for­eign and do­mes­tic in­vestors, will be in­au­gu­rated by In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi. Top in­dus­try lead­ers from In­dia and more than 4,500 del­e­gates that in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 16 coun­tries have re­port­edly reg­is­tered for par­tic­i­pa­tion dur­ing the sum­mit.

Ly­onch­hen Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay, who ar­rived on Thurs­day to Guwa­hati, also re­port­edly met with As­sam’s Chief min­is­ter Sar­bananda Sonowal and dis­cussed on strength­en­ing re­la­tions be­tween As­sam and Bhutan in the field of busi­ness and cul­ture on Thurs­day.

The chief min­is­ter re­port­edly said that As­sam and Bhutan must take the full ben­e­fit of Act East Pol­icy and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s B2B (Bharat to Bhutan) ini­tia­tive.

Ly­onch­hen was also quoted by the Times of In­dia say­ing that Global In­vestors’ Sum­mit will be a force mul­ti­plier of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions of Bhutan with As­sam and other North­east­ern states. The event will also bol­ster trade re­la­tions lead­ing to eco­nomic pros­per­ity of Bhutan and In­dia.

Con­sid­er­ing golden ju­bilee of In­dia-Bhutan re­la­tions, Ly­onch­hen also in­formed that Bhutan will launch sev­eral pro­grams in In­dia in­clud­ing As­sam.

Apart from meet­ing with the As­sam’s Chief Min­is­ter, a Bhutan con­sulate of­fice was also opened in Guwa­hati yes­ter­day, thus mak­ing Bhutan the sec­ond coun­try to open a con­sulate in Guwa­hati af­ter Bangladesh.

For­eign af­fairs min­is­ter Dam­cho Dorji in­au­gu­rated the con­sulate with As­sam’s Chief Min­is­ter Sar­bananda Sonowal.

As quoted by The Hindu in In­dia, Ly­onpo Dam­cho Dorji said, “Bhutan’s diplo­matic re­la­tion­ship with As­sam pre­cedes that with In­dia, and his­tory refers to cor­dial re­la­tion­ship be­tween the kings of Bhutan and me­dieval As­sam. It is thus apt for us to set up our sec­ond con­sulate here in Guwa­hati.”

“Bhutan’s so­cial, cul­tural and eco­nomic ties with As­sam are deep- rooted, and Guwa­hati has been a prime des­ti­na­tion for Bhutanese traders, stu­dents and pa­tients re­ferred by our doc­tors to hos­pi­tals in In­dia. As­sam has also been a pil­grim­age for Bhutanese Bud­dhists, jus­ti­fy­ing the Hi­malayan coun­try’s fo­cus on the state 50 years af­ter Delhi and Thim­phu es­tab­lished diplo­matic ties on Jan­uary 8, 1968,” he added.

As­sam’s Chief Min­is­ter Sar­bananda Sonowal re­port­edly said the in­au­gu­ra­tion of con­sulate gen­eral’s of­fice in Guwa­hati will start a new be­gin­ning of trade, cul­tural and other re­la­tions be­tween As­sam and Bhutan. “Bhutan has abun­dant nat­u­ral re­sources. If these re­sources can be har­nessed ju­di­ciously As­sam will be ben­e­fit­ted along with Bhutan.”

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