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Assam wants to set up ASEAN consulates in Guwahati

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 11:46
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GUWAHATI, November 14: Assam government is waiting for Centre's approval for opening consulates of 10 ASEAN nations in Guwahati and has dubbed it as the launch pad for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Act East policy to venture into the huge market in India's eastern neighbourhood.

The ASEAN bloc includes Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

"We are in constant touch with the central government for opening consulates of 10 ASEAN countries in Guwahati to ease connectivity with those countries from here," Sonowal said while interacting with the industrialists of the state and other parts of the country here on Tuesday evening.

"Assam can be a natural choice for investors for, it is from here that South East Asia begins. The state is the gateway to North East with Guwahati being the commercial hub. Located in between the Indian mainland and the huge markets of South East Asia, Assam is well poised to be a launching pad of investors to capture the South East Asian markets," the Assam chief minister said.

The interaction programme was arranged to seek suggestions from the industry fraternity before the coming Global Investors' Summit to be held here on February 3 and 4 next year.

"In view of the Act East Policy of the Centre, the foreign consulates in Guwahati would augur well in spearheading a new paradigm of development in the northeast," Sonowal said.

He said that the huge population of the 10 ASEAN countries along with Assam which stands at nearly 80 crores, a good network of connectivity between Assam with other ASEAN countries would open up new doors of business between South East Asian Nations and North East.

He said that the new Act East along with Centre's policy to give impetus to the development of the region, the state government is striving for rapid industrialisation and a good network of air connectivity coupled with roadways and waterways to make Guwahati a hub of business.

The proposed Global Investors' Summit titled Advantage Assam- India's Expressway to ASEAN has been envisaged for promoting investment in potential sectors in the state.

Seeking the support of all the investors, entrepreneurs and industry players to make the upcoming Investors' Summit a grand success, Sonowal said, "Our state's core strength lies in its vast natural resources, human resources and geographical location. We have potentialities, prosperities and possibilities and with a healthy industrial environment and a conducive investment ecosystem Assam is poised to embark on an industrial revolution."

He also informed that for the investors to operate from Assam a twin tower having 65 floors will be built in Guwahati to provide space for the all the business houses to create their footprints in Assam and northeast. (TNN)


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