State Times NewsNEW DELHI: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh said here on Monday that India and Britain are capable of mutually rewarding business relationship because of their shared commonalities at different levels, including cultural, social and linguistic.In a virtual meeting with the representatives of the Government of Britain and Britain High Commission here in India, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the mutual bonds between the two nations are so intricately woven that it is far much easier to engage in collaboration and joint pursuits between the two nations. He called upon the British government to explore business opportunities and to exploit the business potential in India, particularly in the North Eastern Regions of India, specially in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic.British officials highly appreciated the handicraft, fruit, vegetables and spices in the North Eastern States and expressed their willingness to brand them and sell the same in the global market. They said that Britain is a pioneer in Agri-Tech and could explore setting up cold chains in the region on the lines of what they did in Haryana for processing of food products. Dr Jitendra welcomed the British Council proposal for collaboration in the Education Sector for teaching Science and Mathematics in all the eight States of the region and an MoU will be signed soon with the North Eastern Council to take the collaboration to a new high. The Council also expressed willingness to work with Universities and Tech institutes of the region, mainly IIT Guwahati.Dr Singh said, in the last six years, the North Eastern Region had made up for several lapses of the past because, for the first time, the region received equal attention at par with the other regions of the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This had not only instilled confidence among the people but also raised the capacity to engage with other parts of India as well as the countries across the eastern borders, at different levels. The Minister said that North Eastern Region has a special role to play in the promotion of trade and business relations with ASEAN as it is the gateway to the growing economies of South East Asian Nations. He said, Prime Minister Modi had changed the policy of “Look East ” to “Act East” to take the multilateral cooperation to newer heights. Referring to the connectivity issues, Dr. Jitendra recalled that the Indo-Bangladesh treaty for exchange of enclaves, which was accomplished under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has cleared the decks for ease of business, ease of movement and ease of commuting, which was earlier a tedious task. He said that very soon we are also going to have a train to Bangladesh from Tripura heralding a new chapter and opening new vistas in the development of this region by providing the entire region access to the seaports.Dr. Singh said that sectors like Horticulture, Tea, Bamboo, Piggery, Sericulture, spices like ginger, citrus-fruit, etc have the great potential for export.He also drew the attention of British Officials for effective Corona Management in the North Eastern Region and said that post COVID, the region will emerge as a great business and tourist destination.
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