Entrepreneurship to bring about changes: Rio

Entrepreneurship to bring about changes: Rio
Neiphiu Rio along with the resource persons release the ‘Theme Paper’. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/20/2018 11:11:28 AM IST

Outlining Nagaland’s evolution from a turbulent past to the ongoing “democratic negotiations” that has replaced gunfire, the chief minister Neiphiu Rio affirmed that the focus of the current government was to improve infrastructure to facilitate and bolster entrepreneurship in the state. 

The chief minister said this in his keynote address at the First Northeast Summit 2018 for “developing Northeast through the power of entrepreneurship” held at Niathu Resort here on Thursday. The two-day summit is being organised by Investment and Development Authority of Nagaland (IDAN), government of Nagaland, United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and co-hosted by International Chamber for Service Industry. The knowledge partner is Frost and Sullivan and local partner is YouthNet. 

Acknowledging various factors that have held back northeast region from developing and fully realising its full potential, Rio, however, listed a slew of developmental activities undertaken by the state government to show that the situation has changed dramatically today. “Four lane highways are coming up all over the region indicative of the improving connectivity of the region. In Nagaland, the work of four lane of Dimapur-Kohima road is underway under a new nomenclature, the Asian Highway-1. Bottlenecks on the Dimapur-Zubza railway line have been resolved. I am hopeful the airport at Chiethu in Kohima will be approved soon.”

Calling for ushering in revolutionary changes brought about by “the magic of entrepreneurship,” the CM said the government was committed to change, reform and restructure. “We are in the process of drawing up a new industrial policy that will help promote micro and small enterprises with a special focus on start ups that will include the agriculture sector,” Rio added. 

Also, taking note of the constraints to investment in the state, Rio said, “We are devising means for a new land record and land use policy. We intend to revise our power policy to facilitate investment in the hydro power sector and we have set up the IDAN to help set all these into motion.” 

On the future of entrepreneurship in Nagaland, Rio said, “I am very optimistic that not very far into the future, the ingenuity of creative Naga youths will emerge as a major strength with proper logistic and technical support.  On the current positive trends, Rio said many Naga entrepreneurs were currently serving global clients, providing varied services including branding and graphic designing, product designing, photo and visual production, content writing and editing, music production, event management etc.

Rio expressed optimism that the cohesive effort in sharing ideas, expertise, and logistic support between the government and organizations present at the summit will enhance the capacity of entrepreneurs and provide them a platform. 

Delivering a special address, UNDP deputy residence representative Nadia Rasheed , revealed that UNDP have supported the government of Nagaland in its effort to expand livelihoods and tackle climate change. “We are also working together to strengthen health systems and ensure timely delivery of vaccines, even to the most remote communities and we have also recently initiated support to advance SDG implementation,” Rasheed said.

Outlining the importance of Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as a nursery for budding entrepreneurs, she pointed out that Nagaland and the Northeast region were endowed with a rich and diverse resource base, which needs to be tapped sustainably and with care and sensitivity. 

Spelling hope for the region, Rasheed said “We believe that the region is ripe for local entrepreneurship.   Businessmen and women developing local solutions could make a real difference to address challenges faced by people and communities.”

Furtehr, Rasheed called for the need to expand partnerships and economies, greater integration of markets, and forging deeper linkages to Southeast Asian markets. “This summit offers an opportunity to strengthen such partnerships and share knowledge, experience and solutions,” she maintained. 

The director of IIFT and honorary economic advisor of IDAN, Manoj Pant, who also spoke on the occasion, presented myriad options that the state and the region could explore with regard to creating a conducive environment for entrepreneurship. 

Other highlights of the programme were invocation by Rev Dr Chingmak Chang, welcome address by CEO of IDAN, Alemtemshi Jamir; release of the theme paper by chief minister Neiphiu Rio and dignitaries on the dias; distribution of certificates to entrepreneurs for the completion of Empretech Primer Workshop; a video message by minister of commerce and industry and civil aviation, Government of India, Suresh Prabhu; and the release of blueprint by director general, ICSI, Dr Gulshan Sharma.  Inaugural session was chaired by Karen Sumi.


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