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Aiming to explore new possibilities for cooperation in the waterways sector between nations, the Union ministry of ports, shipping and waterways along with the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), is organising Waterways Conclave 2022 on April 11-12 in Assam’s Dibrugarh.

In line with PM Gati Shakti National Masterplan, the Waterways Conclave aims for speedy development of multimodal projects in the Northeast region to energise the economic activities and augment employment generation.

News agency ANI reported Union minister for ports, shipping and waterways and AYUSH Sarbananda Sonowal, Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari, and Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will attend and address the conclave on April 12.

Bhutan’s minister for economic affairs Lyonpo Loknath Sharma and Bangladesh minister of state for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury will also address the conclave.

Ministry officials said that the Waterways Conclave 2022 will also be attended by various stakeholders in the waterways ecosystem such as policymakers, senior government officials, domestic and international investors, sector experts, infrastructure players, vessel owners and operators, cruise tourism industry, cargo passengers, representatives of major ports and the governments of maritime states in India.

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