Thursday, February 2, 2023

Nagaland: Neiphiu Rio for boosting trade, tourism with Thailand

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Saturday said that Nagaland was ready to engage with Thailand on a continuous basis, and for this reason he was in Bangkok with an objective to strengthen ties, build partnerships and create trust.
Speaking at the inaugural programme of the 2nd edition of the ‘North East India Festival’, at Bangkok’s Centara World Complex, Rio said the state government proposed to initiate a ‘Naga Emporium’ in Bangkok which will also be a facilitation centre to undertake investments in Nagaland including creation of avenues to visit Nagaland as a tourist destination.
“This event is bringing hope to the entire North East India and I am sure, it will open up trade and tourism in a big way. I will take this opportunity to invite you all to come to Nagaland and explore its beauty and tranquility,” Rio said.
Keeping this in mind, he said educating people on the similarities of the people of North East region and the people of Thailand and other South East Asian countries, can help unify and help form close economic collaboration between Northeast and Southeast Asian nations.
Rio said that the festival is being celebrated in Bangkok to mark India’s 75 years of independence and diplomatic relationship with Thailand. This, he hoped would help in further connecting the two regions with age old social and cultural relations, shared history and ethnicity. He said that festival will give a further thrust to the Act East Policy of the Government of India and Act West Policy of Thailand and other South East Asian countries.
While highlighting about the geographical features and cultures of Nagaland, Rio said Nagaland was ready to build a robust platform for bilateral trade.
Besides Nagaland being blessed with various fruits, vegetables, organic products, herbal, medicinal plants, etc., Rio said there was sizable quantity of untapped mineral resources in Nagaland. He also underlined on the potential of bamboo and honey in the State.
Rio pointed out that India was investing extensively towards building infrastructure to connect its North Eastern region with the ASEAN countries as part of its ‘Act East that aims to give impetus on trade and investment with the ASEAN countries.
Rio mentioned that the trilateral Asian highway, which passes through Nagaland, was ready with requisite infrastructure and allied facilities for bilateral trade with Thailand and ASEAN countries. With Nagaland aiming to become a preferred investment destination for anyone planning to cater to ASEAN market, Rio said large Industrial Parks with plug and play facilities for investors to explore are part of the economic infrastructure strategies and that the state government would be proactive to provide one stop clearances and support for investors. He informed the gathering that Nagaland would be holding a major national level ‘Investment Summit’ during the fourth week of August, in partnership with the Government of India.
He stated that Nagaland’s biggest strength was creativity of its people and that Nagas were emerging in the creative fields in India- starting from music, fashion, hospitality and service industry.
In his concluding remarks, Rio said that Nagaland was ready to offer all kinds of support in promoting Thai products in Nagaland and was looking forward to welcoming Thai investments, Thai products and the people of Thailand to Nagaland.
The programme was attended by Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Commerce, Kingdom of Thailand, Jurin Laksanawisit; chief minister of Meghalaya Conrad Sangma, deputy CM o Arunachal Pradesh Chowna Mein; MoS External Affairs R.K Ranjan,UrkhaoGwra Brahma Assam textiles minister, Assam revenue hill area development minister Jogen Mahan and host of dignitaries from India and Thailand

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