In­fra de­vel­op­ment vi­tal to boost con­nec­tiv­ity in North East

FICCI Business Digest - - In The States -

Dr. Mukul Sangma, Chief Min­is­ter of Megha­laya, ad­dress­ing the work­shop. FCoun­cil ICCI North East Ad­vi­sory

along with the In­sti­tute of South Asian Stud­ies, Na­tional Univer­sity of Sin­ga­pore, and Ra­jiv Gandhi In­dian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment, Shil­long or­gan­ised a work­shop on the theme 'Look­ing East through North­east: De­vel­op­ment and Con­nec­tiv­ity' in Shil­long.

In his key­note ad­dress, Dr. Mukul Sangma, Chief Min­is­ter of Megha­laya, said in or­der to bridge the gap be­tween bor­ders, it was im­por­tant to first bridge the dis­con­nect be­tween peo­ple. The Chief Min­is­ter ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts made by FICCI and its part­ners in or­gan­is­ing the work­shop.

Ran­jit Barthakur, Chair­man, FICCINE Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, high­lighted the im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing in­fras­truc­ture to boost con­nec­tiv­ity through eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity. He said that the dis­cus­sion pa­per on 'In­dia's North East Fron­tier – The Bridge from ASEAN to In­dia' pre­pared by FICCI is an im­por­tant step in this di­rec­tion and stressed the need for con­nect­ing the North East with South East Asia. He also called for bet­ter de­liv­ery de­ci­sions in project im­ple­men­ta­tion and an in­clu­sive growth strat­egy for the re­gion. Barthakur felt that the unique so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion of the north east had an im­por­tant bear­ing upon busi­ness dy­nam­ics. There­fore it was im­por­tant for busi­nesses to take this into con­sid­er­a­tion while fram­ing their strate­gies.

Fal­guni Ra­jku­mar, Chair­man, IIMShil­long, said that in fu­ture sea trade routes in the re­gion were likely to be­come in­creas­ingly prob­lem­atic and this would make a land route through north east in­evitably vi­able.

Prof. Tan Tai Yong, Di­rec­tor, In­sti­tute of South Asian Stud­ies, also ad­dressed the au­di­ence.

Dur­ing the work­shop var­i­ous is­sues re­lated to Cen­tre-State re­la­tion­ships were dis­cussed be­sides the Look East Pol­icy with spe­cial ref­er­ence to the north east. The pan­el­lists felt that the Look East Pol­icy needed to be bet­ter de­fined and im­ple­mented in or­der to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the re­gion.

June 2014

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