I, along with my entrepreneur friends started the so called “Mizoram Entrepreneurship Network [MEN]” way back in 2008. We, with our very limited capacities did our best to promote, inculcate, nurture and propagate the spirit of entrepreneurship among the youths of Mizoram. I must confess that without the intervention of the Government, we couldn’t catch the rainbow on the horizon. I never expected and believed that the Government should come forward to promote entrepreneurship in Mizoram.
Fortunately, the Government of Mizoram has introduced the New Economic Development Policy (NEDP) recently wherein Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (EDS) is one of the most important components of the policy. I am sure this EDS would pave the way and drive the youths in gearing up the State’s economy within a short span of time. In summary, pro-active action is needed in the entrepreneurship ecosystem to ensure the emergence of entrepreneurial movement.
The Government of Mizoram, entrepreneurs, industry associations, colleges/institutes are the stakeholders. They all have to play an active role in these initiatives and coordinate with each other in the process. Thus, it is by transforming the “entrepreneurship landscape” of the State, we would be able to face the challenges of economic growth in the coming years.
(Views expressed are of Joseph Ralte, Centre Director, Mizoram Food Processing Research & Training Centre (MFPRTC), Seling, Aizawl)