Assam Governor inaugurates ‘Emerging North East 2020’

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Guwahati, 27th February 2020:
The three-day 'Emerging North East 2020,' organized by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) had a great start with Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam, inaugurating the Expo at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre, here today.
The ASSOCHAM event was also graced by Shri Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of industries & Commerce, Govt. of Assam as the guest of honour.
Emerging North East is being held from 27th February to 29th February 2020 and is supported by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Skill Development and the Government of Assam.
Speaking at the event, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam said, “The North Eastern Region (NER) has immense natural resources, accounting for 34 per cent of the country’s water resources and almost 40 per cent of India’s hydropower potential. The NER is strategically located with access to the traditional domestic market of eastern India, along with proximity to the major states in the east and adjacent countries such as Bangladesh and Myanmar. The region is also a vantage entry point for the Southeast Asian markets. This resource-rich region, with its vast expanse of fertile farmland and huge untapped human capital, has the potential to be India’s most prosperous region.”
The Governor added, “To leverage the opportunities in this region, ASSOCHAM has created this platform Emerging North East 2020 which aims to highlight and showcase the potential of this region in sectors like agriculture, horticulture, food processing, livestock, rural development, infrastructure, energy, and social and development sectors.”
The event witnessed huge participation by farmers, agri-preneurs, students, entrepreneurs and experts from the food, agro, finance, IT industry and others from across North East. The inaugural session was followed by a discussion panel on ‘Role of Industry, Stakeholders, Institutions in overall development of North east Region’ with eminent panellists including - Smt Ginni Bansal, consultant, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) for Discussion on handholding schemes for innovation excellence; Shri Arun Sharma, DG, NECTAR for Programme and Intervention in NER by NECTAR under Ministry of S&T; Shri Oinam Saran Kumar Singh, IAS, MD, AIDC for AIDC’s initiatives to attract investments in Assam State and Shri S.K. Das, assistant director, MSME DI for Schemes and the incentives available for the MSMEs in NER.
The guest of honor, Shri Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of industries & Commerce, Govt. of Assam in his address said, “The NER shares close proximity with the ASEAN nations. We have land borders with Myanmar. Many of ASEAN capitals are within 2,000 kilometre flying distance from Guwahati which is comparable to flying distance of Guwahati to many Indian cities. With positional advantage of sharing over 4500 km of international boundary - North East Region has all the potentiality of emerging as a new growth hub.”
Shri Deepak Sood, secretary general, ASSOCHAM, while welcoming the dignitaries highlighted the importance of north-eastern countries for furthering the relations with Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV countries).
"The road infrastructure in the north eastern region has also considerably improved over the past years, thus giving the boost to tourism, agriculture and allied sectors," added Mr Sood.
Also present at the inaugural event were Shri Avinash Chaudhary, zonal manager, NSIC and Col Saurabh Sanyal, deputy secretary general, ASSOCHAM.
Business Meet cum Roundtable was held with several dignitaries towards the second half of the day whereby discussions were held on government initiatives and schemes for development of NER; opportunities for investment in various sectors like energy, services, infrastructure, food processing; opportunities for setting up processing units based on locally available resources; opportunities of developing SMEs for producing items currently procured from other parts; opportunities for investments and partnerships among the government, industry and institutions for creating more jobs, more incomes and accelerated growth in the region.
Dignitaries present in the roundtable included Shri Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of industries & Commerce, Govt. of Assam; Shri Avinash Chaudhary, Zonal Manager, National Small-Scale Industries (NSIC); Shri Ratan Nandan, Assistant Development Commissioner, Falta SEZ; Shri M.T. Sherpa, SCS, Secretary, Horticulture Department, Government of Sikkim; Various industry representative from companies like: Pepsico, PwC, SREI Group, JLL, Quippo Construction Equipment Limited, Geo Life Industries, Ajay Bio-Tech (India) Ltd., AlgaEnergy S.A. Start-ups and many more.
ASSOCHAM initiated its endeavour of value creation for Indian industry in 1920. It was established by promoter Chambers, representing all regions of India. Having in its fold over 400 Chambers and Trade Associations, and serving over 4.5 lakh members across India. ASSOCHAM has emerged as the fountainhead of Knowledge for Indian industry, which is all set to redefine the dynamics of growth and development in the Knowledge Based Economy. More information available on
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