AMN / GAUHATI (Assam)
The second day of the Global Investors Summit here called for strengthening business, economic and cultural ties with the ASEAN and South East Asian countries through the Northeast region of India by tapping the advantage of physical and cultural proximity of the region with those countries.
Addressing a plenary session, titled as, “North East India’s Economic ties with ASEAN & BBN” at the summit on Sunday, Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal said that Assam and the Northeast region have a strong and historic relations with the ASEAN and BBN countries.
He said the summit is historic as it has the vision of strengthening ties between this region and ASEAN and BBN countries.
In the plenary session, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister for Act East Policy Affairs of Assam, Kenich Yokoyama, country Director of ADB, Dato Ramesh Kodammal, Co-Chairman of ASEAN-India Business council took part in discussion.
Ministers from Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Bhutan also took part in discussion on the issue.
Chief Minister Sonowal pointed out that the Northeast is at the central point of any interactions between India and ASEAN nations.
He urged the ASEAN and other neighbouring countries to exploit investment potentials in Assam and Northeast region as well.
Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, who chaired the plenary session, highlighted several advantageous aspects of the region.
The foreign leaders expressed hope that the deliberations in Advantage Assam summit is likely to give a road map to bolster the economic ties and prospective investment areas.
Ambani to invest Rs 2,500 crore in Assam
AMN / GUWAHATI
Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani Saturday announced plans to invest Rs 2,500 crore in Assam in the next three years. Ambani said Jio offices will be opened in 150 Tehsil headquarters in the State, while the number of petrol pumps will be increased from 27 to 165. The number of retail division outlet will be increased to 40 from two.
Ambani was speaking at the Global Investors’ Summit here.
“We have given livelihood opportunities to 20,000 people in the State and in the next three years we plan to increase it by five folds to 100,000,” he said.
Knowing the passion towards football in Assam, the Indian Super League, run by IMG Reliance, will set up a football academy in partnership with the State government, he added.
The Reliance Foundation will establish a centre at a university in Assam to promote wildlife protection and sustainable eco-tourism in the State.
Assam, he said, was a low priority State for telecom operators, but for Reliance it is a Category A State and the company is the largest private sector investor of the State, having invested Rs 5,000 crore.
“Advantage Assam is advantage India. The State’s development potential is limitless as it has a huge pool of human resource,” he said.