Dimapur, December 20: Regional Team Leader, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Nadia Rasheed today said that Northeast might be landlocked but the region is at an ideal entry point for Southeast Asian markets.
With this important gateway, the Northeast has unique potential to unlock prosperity and jobs through regional initiatives, which includes the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway, the Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project and the Mekong India Economic Corridor.
She said despite facing complex challenges, including natural disasters and difficult connectivity, the Northeast has managed to significantly outperform expectations. She observed that comparing to other states, there have been impressive achievements such as having the highest number of literate youth hailing from rural areas.
“The Government of India and state Government in the Northeast have scaled up to build on these achievements and to help bring about transformations for sustainable development,” she added.
Nadia said the UNDP is focusing on supporting national and state partners to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to localize the SDGs in line with local priorities and aspirations.
“We collaborate to promote entrepreneurship, build market linkages, support natural resource management and biodiversity conservation, and strengthen health systems,” she said.
She disclosed that UNDP works with state Governments in the Northeast to help realize the SDGs by building capacities, raising awareness and meaningfully engaging local partners, including civil society and the private sector.
Nadia further disclosed that the UNDP has supported the Government of Nagaland in its efforts to expand livelihoods and tackle climate change and is now working together to strengthen health systems and ensure timely delivery of vaccines, even to the most remote communities.
Stating that Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) can play a particularly crucial role, acting as a nursery for budding entrepreneurs, and nurturing an efficient and innovative entrepreneurial spirit, she said Nagaland and Northeast are endowed with a rich and diverse resource base, which needs to be tapped sustainably and with care and sensitivity.
“For the region to achieve its full potential, there will be a need to expand partnerships and economies of scale, including through promoting greater integration of markets in the Northeast region and forging deeper linkages to South-East Asian markets,” he said adding the Summit offers an opportunity to strengthen such partnerships and share knowledge, experience and solutions.
Quoting Prime Minister, she said Northeast or NE can now stand for New Economy, New Energy, New Empowerment and New Engine for India’s growth. (Page News Service)