Partha Satpathy, IFS, joint secretary (States), MEA. (Morung Photo)
Kohima | September 22
Partha Satpathy, IFS, joint secretary (States), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that stable north east is a stable India.
The focus of MEA is developed north east is a developed India, adding that expanding north east’s potential will boost Indian economy. Speaking at the North East Connectivity Summit here, Satpathy also said this year MEA will celebrate 25 years of ASEAN cooperation with India in which North East is indeed a vital stakeholder.
Nagaland’s chief secretary Pankaj Kumar in his opening remark said improvement in connectivity with Myanmar and beyond would unlock the potential of trade and commerce which would require strengthening of infrastructure and manpower at trade point.
He commented that people to people connectivity which is significant not only from the prospective of the traditional affinity of the communities on both sides of international border with Myanmar but also for tourism. “Socio-economic development with the improvement of connectivity in north east would bring more optimistic and peaceful environment unlashing the potential of people,” he said.
Amar Abrol, CEO Air Asia and PD Sona, parliamentary secretary, Government of Arunachal Pradesh also spoke at the inaugural function.
The inaugural function was was chaired by Arun Chawla, Deputy Secretary General FICCI and Ranjit Barthakur, Chairman FICCI-NEAC gave the concluding remark. Welcome speech was delivered by Dr Sanjay Baru Secretary general FICCI.
Earlier, Chief Minster released knowledge paper and passed the Baton to Arunachal Pradesh where the 5th summit will be held next year. The summit will go on till September 23.