During his keynote address on Cross-Border Conversations with entrepreneurs from ASEAN, Union Minister of State (IC) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, on July 24, said that due to close business and cultural ties between India and ASEAN, hence the region will play a lead role in the Post-COVID World Economic Recovery. The video meeting was organised by India ASEAN Women’s Business Forum, FLO Mumbai chapter and FICCI.
The Minister said that the North Eastern Region has a special role to play in the promotion of trade and business relations with ASEAN as it is the gateway to the growing economies of South-East Asian Nations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed the policy of “Look East” to “Act East” to take the bilateral cooperation to newer heights, he added.
Referring to the connectivity issues, Dr Jitendra Singh said that in the last six years, there has been a significant development in terms of Road, Rail and Air connectivity, helping facilitate the movement of goods and persons not only across the region but also across the country. He recalled that the Indo-Bangladesh treaty for exchange of enclaves, which was accomplished under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has cleared the decks for ease of business, ease of movement and ease of commuting, which was earlier a tedious task. He said that very soon we are also going to have a train to Bangladesh from Tripura heralding a new chapter and opening new vistas in the development of this region by providing the entire region access to the seaports.
Dr Singh also underlined the continued focus of the Indian government to explore the alternate modes of transport that is Inland Waterways (from the Brahmaputra to the Bay of Bengal) connecting with other countries of the region as a cheaper option for trade, business and transportation.
Further, Dr Singh, highlighting the all-round developmental role played by womenfolk and women self-help groups in the region, said that this is a shining example of women emancipation and women empowerment. He said even during the times of pandemic, women from the North East took a lead and produced and distributed sanitizer and beautiful masks on a large scale.
The Minister launched the India-ASEAN Joint Business Collaboration for Women on the occasion. He was also awarded the Green Certificate for his concerns on sustainable development.
(With inputs from PIB)