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Ansari to open NE summit
Published on 15 Sep. 2008 12:27 AM IST
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Vice President Hamid Ansari arrived here Sunday evening on a two-day visit to Assam to inaugurate the 4th North East Business Summit. Ansari, who is on a maiden visit to the state after assuming office, was received at the Lokopriyo Gopinath Bordoloi airport by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, his cabinet colleagues and senior officials. Ansari would inaugurate the two-day north east business summit beginning tomorrow and organised by ministry of development of north eastern region and Indian Chamber of Commerce. The vice president will spend the night at Raj Bhawan before meeting the chief minister at an official dinner hosted in his honour. Governors and chief ministers of all NE States, eight foreign ambassadors and about 50 foreign delegates will be attending the event. More than 200 private participants from North East region and near about 175 outside the North East region will also participate in the event, according to a PIB release. The main objective of the summit is to showcase the potential of the NE States and to promote private sector investments. The fourth summit will primarily focus on sectors such as tourism, food processing, power, infrastructure, information technology, handloom and cottage industries especially in the context of the Look East Policy on trade and investment linkages with ASEAN and SAARC countries. A special session on “North East on Fast Track - Building International Partnership” with special reference to Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia and Philippines to discuss mutual cooperation will be the main attraction of the Summit. The highlights of the summit include Chief Minister’s Conclave, International Session with Minister of Commerce of Cambodia, Ambassadors from Thailand, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Arab League and Bhutan, Special Thai Investment Session, Specific sessions on Infrastructure, Agro & Food Processing, Tourism, IT & Skill Development, discussions among prospective investors (both from Northeast & Foreign) and an Exhibition-showcasing Northeast. Cultural evening will be based on the rich art, culture and heritage of the people of the North Eastern States – and to bring about a cultural integration with the rest of the country. “Thai Night” reception and cultural show is being organized by the Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi.

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