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‘Advantage’ Assam can be engine of growth in India-ASEAN relations: Sonowal
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday said that his government is looking to boost the industrial development of the state by providing a favorable investment ecosystem.
Speaking at an India Today event in Kolkata, Sonowal said that his government is taking Assam to new frontiers. “Perhaps the last frontier which the Indian and international tourists would prefer to visit… The mighty Brahmaputra and the Barak, national parks and 10 game sanctuaries, the lush green tea gardens, golf course, the hills are just a few examples of awesome Assam,” Sonowal said.
“Coupled with awesome, Assam is now poised to take the geo-strategic locational advantage of the state, the advantage of being the only place which has road routes to ASEAN through Myanmar and Thailand. The advantage of being the hub for a population of 80 crore, the advantage of being blessed with water ways of Brahmaputra and the Barak, the eco-friendly, eco logically sustainable transportation route… The advantage of having young, educated, extremely productive youth, the advantage of being blessed with sprawling tea industry amidst enchanting meadows, the advantage of being one of the few states with an integrated petroleum industry- the upstream, the downstream and the petrochemical capacities. And finally, the advantage of showing to India, the way forward for a raw India by being its new engine,” Sonowal said.
In this backdrop, Assam is all set to organise the Global Investors’ Summit on February 3-4, 2018 to woo the investors to invest in Assam, Sonowal said.
The chief minister said that Assam and other Northeast States of India once hitherto considered a remote area, tucked in connectivity issue is fast emerging as the gateway to the 10 South East Asian Countries with immense potential of being the sunrise area of India’s economy.
“The Northeast with its immense potential is poised to be new growth engine and the launch pad of India’s presence in the ASEAN countries,” the Assam CM said.
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reiteration of North East being Asta Laxmi, Sonowal said that the perfect alignment between the central and state government, Assam is now ready to lead the league of eight Northeast states and corroborate the Centre’s Act East through India’s Northeast.
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