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Dr Nihoshe address symposium on export

Dr. KC Nihoshe (2nd L), Sudhir A Merchant, chairman SHEFELIXIL, Dr. AK Pukari, DGFT and IC Bhaskar Sen, CMD UBI. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Jun. 2011 12:34 AM IST
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Distance and remoteness of Nagaland and the north eastern states from the mainland, acted as a hurdle for exporters from the state and the region from developing their potential to national level said parliamentary secretary Industries and commerce Dr. K.C. Nihoshe who was speaking at the Symposium on “Export Prospects and Concerns in Nagaland” held at the Conference Hall, Directorate of Industries and Commerce today afternoon.
Nihoshe added that though Nagas were willing to catch up with the rest of the country and the world, local entrepreneurs who applied for loans received irregular funds from banks and slowly lost interest in their businesses as they ended up having to pay interest on loans.
While making a plea for adequate funds flow from the centre, Dr Nihoshe lamented that red-tapism while processing project proposals from the state to DoNER and then to the ministry involved took too much time. He cited the example of the proposal for a cold storage at Dimapur airport but it could not make much headway owing to red-tapism.
He said the agriculture and horticulture potentials could not be exploited owing to lack of facilities and poor infrastructure. He said the state government wanted facilities for farmers to harvest and be able to market fresh produce the very next day to other metro cities like Delhi.
Nihoshe said the state government had declared Nagaland as an organic state citing its favourable climatic conditions with rich forest, agriculture produce, medicinal and aromatic plants.
In this regard, he suggested a single window clearance from the government of India.
He also spoke of the state’s human resource potential among its educated youths who were willing to venture out anywhere but hampered due to lack of opportunities. Dr Nihoshe buttressed the point citing the opening of an institute for learning Chinese in the state.
He also suggested the director general foreign trade (DGFT) Dr Anup K. Pujari for developing an infrastructure for correspondence institute in Nagaland and offered rooms for running the DGFT office in the industries building. He also reminded that when all were one as a country, location should not be an excuse.
He also spoke of the political necessity that led to formation of Nagaland which though among the oldest of states in the region, lagged behind all other states in the region.
In his speech, Dr Anup K. Pujari who was the guest of honour,explained that the purpose of his visit was to obtain feedback from entrepreneurs and exporters and their problems in order to addressed these issues for promotion of exports.
He spoke of his experience while visiting international trade centres such as Moreh in Manipur and Dawki in Meghalaya.
Dr Pujari spoke on the need to increase produce for export which would make producers more competitive for the benefit of consumers.
Later, there was an interactive session where entrepreneurs suggested setting up of DGFT office in Nagaland for the state including Nagaland,Manipur and part of Assam. Dr Pujari was supportive of the idea but regretted that the DGFT faced shortage of officers which the branch office at Shillong was currently experiencing.
He also assured to look into the suggestion for transport subsidy for carriage of agriculture produce up to the SEZ in Dimapur.
CMD of United Bank of India, Kolkata Bhaskar Sen, who was also among those accompanying Dr Pujari, revealed he was earlier posted at UBI Bank Dimapur during 1974 and later at Kohima during 1978.Bhaskar said Nagaland has tremendous potential and with the feedback he would take back, the UBI would come out with certain packages for entrepreneurs and exporters.
SHEFEXIL organized the symposium where its chairman Sudhir A.Merchant, gave a brief profile of 53 years of Export Promotion Council of North East Region. Later a shot documentary film on the north east prepared by SHEFEXIL was screened.

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