North East Connectivity Summit begins in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has inaugurated the 5th North East Connectivity Summit at Tawang, organised  by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The theme for this year’s summit is ‘Tourism Connectivity’.

“North East has unique and distinctive culture.The people are known for great hospitality.The Ministry of tourism wants to advertise it globally and put everything related to North East on the Global Map. Let #NorthConnectivitySummit be a good start #SustainableTourism,” tweeted Alphons K J, Union Minister for Tourism.

The two-day summit is being attended by representatives and delegations from neighboring countries such as Bhutan and Bangladesh, from government of India and representatives from the corporate and industry. The summit is one of the most important forums for action-oriented deliberations on sub regional economic integration and connectivity between North East India and South East Asia.

“The government is willing to extend its full support to investors who are interested in investing in Arunachal Pradesh. The government has prepared a roadmap for connectivity strategy by 2022 which will ensure reliable connectivity to all administrative and commercial centres. Arunachal has niche in eco-tourism with its unique flora and fauna, its large biodiversity, rolling hills, green valleys, virgin forests and diverse culture and tradition that makes Arunachal, a relatively unexplored Paradise for Tourists,” said the Pema Khandu after inaugurating the event.

The minister also said that the state is exploring possibility of developing floating terminals on the major rivers like Dibang, Lohit and Siang in collaboration with Inland Water Authority of India.

” Arunachal Pradesh government today signed and exchanged MoUs with 17 private investors for projects worth Rs 1200 crores and generating employment opportunities for 8000 during the 5th edition of North East Connectivity Scheme,” the CM tweeted. “North East, due to its unique location can become the connecting link between India and BBIN/ASEAN. Tourism will be a strong point in this framework of connectivity,” he added.