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NER has much potential to achieve rapid growth : Prez

By EMN Updated: Dec 02, 2013 1:03 am



President Pranab Mukherjee today said that the North East Region has tremendous potential to achieve rapid, inclusive and sustainable growth considering the quality of its human resources and its natural resources.

Addressing a mammoth gathering of celebrants of 50th Nagaland statehood day and inaugural function of Hornbill Festival this morning at Kisama, some 12 kms away from the state capital, Mukherjee said NE region can become a magnet for major investments from the rest of the country as well as abroad.

“It can turn itself into a major centre for trade and business,” he said

The President while expressing that the north east region (NER) constitutes one of India’s most important opportunities of the future, said “it (NER) must be given the utmost importance and attention by our political leaders, policy makers, administrators and all other stakeholders.

Maintaining that the NER shares borders with five countries and is a natural bridge between India and South East Asia, he said the essential philosophy of India’s ‘Look East’ foreign policy, is that India must find its destiny by linking itself more and more with its Asian partners and the rest of the world.

He also stated that the states of the north east should lead in making our neighbours partners in our development and harnessing the opportunities that are emerging from the rise of Asia and India’s growing economic integration with the region.

“The Centre and State Governments should work together to rapidly build connectivity and infrastructure linkages with the rest of India as well as our neighbours,” he added.

By EMN Updated: Dec 02, 2013 1:03:21 am