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NE should take advantage of ''Look East Policy'': Gurbachan
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 6:
Published on 6 Mar. 2009 11:33 PM IST
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A two-day national seminar on “Entrepreneurship in the Era of WTO” kicked off Friday here at the Centenary Hall of the Manipur University, Chanchipur, Imphal with Manipur Governor Gurbachan Jagat as chief guest in the inaugural function. “The north eastern states should be equipped to take advantage of the country’s look east policy. Otherwise, the region will only act as a conduit, without getting benefit of the policy”, said the Governor addressing the participants from different parts of the country. “Manipur and other north eastern stated have to venture into areas where they have crore competence and raw materials, such as bamboo products, aromatic and medicinal plants, flowers, horticulture products etc. The era of diversification is over and one should concentrate in ones core competence”, the Governor said. “The Look East Policy will no doubt open up more avenues, but we should be equipped to take advantage of this policy, otherwise, the region will only act as a conduit, without benefitting the people of the region,” he said talking on the policy that aimed at bringing prosperity in the region. He also believed that the seminar would provide a platform for the entrepreneurs and people working in the area to interact with experts in the field so that their process is WTO compatible. Gurbachan also emphasized on entrepreneurship development as an important key to economic development of a country. He said that entrepreneurship not only provides self-employment but provide job opportunities for others. “The country is making efforts to develop entrepreneurship skill so that sufficient skilled manpower is available in the country to manage the scarce resources by developing cutting edge enterprises”, he said.

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