The Indian government, along with the country’s north-eastern states, aims to develop economic corridors with neighboring countries, Union DoNER Minister G Kishan Reddy said at the opening event of the 3rd India Japan Intellectual Conclave organized at Hotel Polo Tower on Tuesday night.
Present at this conclave were, among others, Trade Union Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Education Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, State Industry and Trade Minister Santana Chakma, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Shahriar Alam and Japanese Ambassador to India Hiroshi Suzuki.
The theme of the conclave is “North East India, Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal in the Indo-Pacific Building on Partnership: The Way Forward”, organized with the support of the State Government and jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India and the North East Council. Luminaries from Japan, Bangladesh and India jointly opened the conclave.
In the conclave, Union Secretary Reddy said the northeastern states are rich in natural resources. Cooperation of neighboring countries in the development of this region is important for both India and Bangladesh.
He said there have been many changes in the communications system in the northeastern states in recent years. The road, rail, air transport and inland waterway communication system has improved tremendously. Rs. 5 crore has been spent on developing the north-eastern region under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said the central government is working to implement the Act East policy.
By the way, he said he visited the works of the Agartala Akhaura Rail Link Project today. He said using Bangladesh’s Chittagong and Mongla seaports will further expand the neighboring countries’ communication system with the region. Reddy wished this conclave every success.
In the discussion, Union Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Education Rajkumar Ranjan Singh said: “Our central government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is working on various programs to improve the development potential of the north-eastern region. The Act East Policy will be implemented to strengthen financial, cultural and strategic ties with countries in the region.” He also wished the conclave every success.
Japanese Ambassador to India Hiroshi Suzuki and Bangladesh Foreign Minister Shahriar Alam participated in the discussion. The guests officially released a report entitled “Assessing Connectivity between North East India and Bangladesh: Towards a Prosperous Bay of Bengal Region”. Asian Confluence Executive Director Sabyasachi Dutta welcomed everyone at the start of the event.