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Fri, 23 Aug 2019

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CM Sonowal speaks of growth in Assam during interaction with US delegation

CM Sonowal speaks of growth in Assam during interaction with US delegation
July 03
11:35 2019

NET Bureau

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on 2nd July  spoke of the Act East Policy, growth in Assam, challenges faced by it and immigrant issues during an interaction with a US delegation.


He told a 12-member US delegation of the Professional Fellows Program Outbound 2019 of the roadmap to capture the markets of the ASEAN and southeast Asian countries through industrial resurgence of Assam in the light of increased investment inflow to the state.


Highlighting Prime Minister Narendra Modis thrust to develop Assam and NE region through the Act East Policy, he spoke about his governments endeavor to make the state the gateway to South East Asia.


The Act East Policy is putting emphasis on youth exchange programs along with the exchange of culture and literature, besides encouraging tourism with the neighboring countries in view of better connectivity and communication, he said.


Sonowal told the US delegation that due to the Centre’s focus on the development of the northeast and Assam governments initiatives, consular offices of Bhutan and Bangladesh have been opened in the state.


He also spoke of the expansion of Guwahati as state capital region, construction of twin towers here for bringing big business houses, development of rail, road, waterways, and airways.


The senior state government officials who were present at the meeting spoke about various development measures like new international flights between Guwahati and Dhaka and the proposed Guwahati-Bangkok flight along with flights to Kathmandu, Yangon, Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur.


Under the Professional Fellows Program Outbound programme, 11 participants from across India visit the USA twice every year for six weeks to exchange ideas, strategies and best practices in legislative process and policy-making.


Participants from the US too visit India to increase their understanding of the country’s governance system, legislative process, and society, officials said.


This year the US delegation visited Delhi, Lucknow, Guwahati and Shillong, they said adding the engaged with key stakeholders of the government, besides holding dialogues with the civil society and undertaking field trips to comprehend the ethos of Indian society.

 

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