Centre Evaluates Indo-Nepal Border Trade Prospects Via Sikkim; High-Level Delegation Submits Report To CM Golay 

 

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A high-level delegation, led by the Chief Economic Advisor to the Sikkim Government – Dr. Mahendra P. Lama along with the consultant of North Eastern Development Finance Corporation (NEDFi) – Bezbarua, and the Manager – Abhishek Lama on Sunday called-on the Sikkim CM – Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) at his official residence.

This team presented a project summary report assigned by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) about the possibility of opening the borders of Northeastern states with the neighboring countries, including Nepal.

They also briefed the CM about their visit to Uttaray and Chiwabhyanzang in Gyalshing District; and informed that the Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) – G. Kishan Reddy had instructed them to visit Sikkim and report the possibilities of trade between India (Sikkim) with the neighboring country Nepal.

Elaborating on its benefits towards both the countries, this high-level delegation noted that opening the borders and developing modern integrated land ports can boost tourism, health, education, and the trade sector.

It further mentioned that all the stakeholders and the local authorities supported them throughout the visit, offering insightful recommendations for the development of infrastructure and opening the border trade with Nepal.

Besides, the CM expressed hope that the move can be fruitful for Sikkim and wished the team the best for their project.

He also expressed gratitude towards the Centre, led by PM – Narendra Modi for approving in-principle, the expansion of the National Highway from Nayabazar to Chiwabhanzyang via Sombaria, Soreng, Dentam and Uttaray.

Golay also likely to approach the centre for constructing the road through Gati Shakti for overall-development of the state.