North-East Development Summit 21-22 Nov 2017, Imphal - Manipur

To be Inaugurated by

Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Hon'ble President of India

About the Summit

"North East Development Summit" to be held on 21-22 November 2017 at Imphal, Manipur, is an effort to highlight and explore the potential of North East India in further establishing itself as a land hub of India's Act East Policy. Being our land bridge to Association for South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the North Eastern Region is a natural partner in India's 'Act East Policy' and it is a means to strengthen the stability, economy and prospects of North Eastern Region. The Act East Policy can significantly factor in ending the geographical isolation of India's North Eastern Region and transforming it into a bridgehead for India to the booming ASEAN markets and its extended neighbourhood. Given the economic potential as well as the geo-political importance of the region, the North East Region lies at the core of India's Act East Policy. The focus is now on making the region as a growth engine in India's economic development. The opening up of economy of the landlocked North East Region to ASEAN countries and extended neighbourhood is considered as a potent means of conflict transformation. In the development of North East India, the aspect of economic linkages should be explored and nurtured to further strengthen ties and contribute in the development of the region.

Speakers

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H.E. Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Hon'ble President of India

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H.E. Najma Heptullah

Hon'ble Governor of Manipur

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Shri
Suresh Prabhu

Minister of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India

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Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Govt of India

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Shri N.
Biren Singh

Chief Minister of Manipur

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Shri Sarbananda Sonowal

Chief Minister of Assam

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Shri Pema Khandu

Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh

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Shri T.R. Zeliang

Chief Minister of Nagaland

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Dr. Jitendra Singh

Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of DoNER

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Shri Jayant Sinha

Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Govt of India

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Shri K.J. Alphons

Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Govt of India

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Dr. Rajiv Kumar

Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog

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Mr. Yuri Afanasiev

UN Resident Coordinator

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Shri Acharya Balkrishna

Managing Director, Patanjali Ayurved

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Shri Chandrajit Banerjee

Director General, CIIDirector General, CII

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H.E. Mr Kenji Hiramatsu

Ambassador of Japan to India

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H.E. Mr. Daniel Carmon

Ambassador of Israel to India

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Mr. Thongam Biswajit Singh

Minister of Industry & Commerce, Govt of Manipur

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Shri Ranjit Barthakur

Chairman, FICCI North East & Tata Sons, Balipara Foundation

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Dr. Rajat Kathuria

Director and Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

Concept Note

A strategic shift in India's foreign policy that manifests India's genuine interest in strategic cooperation with Southeast Asian countries, and a change in Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) perception of India, which has emerged as major player in Asia, have strengthened the India-ASEAN relations in the post Cold War period. Connectivity is a key issue that has been widely discussed in the context of ASEAN - India integration. An integrated regional transport network between India and ASEAN would yield mutual economic benefits. The preferred strategy is to adopt a multi-modal approach encompassing different modes of transportation - land, maritime and air. Besides, New Delhi emphasises connectivity with ASEAN in all its dimensions - physical, institutional and people-to-people - as a strategic priority for India. Given the perspective of India's Northeast becoming a potential gateway to the South East Asia, India could focus on intra-region as well as trans-border connectivity. Low connectivity in India's Northeast is a major impediment to India-ASEAN integration. Initiatives like India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway - a critical portion of Asian Highway in Southeast Asia, KaladanMultimodal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP)and Mekong-India Economic Corridor (MIEC) can enhance India's strategic engagements with South East Asia.

India has turned to South East Asia to accelerate national economic development. Of late, South East Asia has become a pivotal foreign policy priority for the Indian government. It is worth recollecting that India embarked on a historic Policy of Economic Reforms in 1991 and subsequently on its Look East Policy (LEP) - a dynamic foreign policy initiative which sent out a strong and positive signal indicating the country's genuine interest in forging strategic and economic cooperation with South East Asian countries. The policy, referred to as LEP, aimed to enhance infrastructural development and expansion of transportation network in order to bring better connectivity to the Northeast region, with the twin objectives of a) providing better security and b) facilitating developmental process. However, since the inception of this initiative, there has been no significant and visible forward movement. This stagnation, therefore, has resulted in Prime Minister NarendraModi giving further impetus by kick-starting the innovative policy of 'Acting East', which is complementary to India's Asia Policy that seeks to galvanise relations with the economically vibrant region.

For ASEAN, better ties with India could increase the ASEAN member states' economic and political space, widen the balance of power in the region, forge a broader front against perceived western pressures, and create a partnership in trade and technology collaboration with India. In the given perspective, it is important that India's Northeast, which is strategically positioned vis-a-vis Southeast Asia, is properly secured and developed. Enhancing connectivity is crucial to deepening India's diplomatic, economic and cultural ties with the extended neighbourhood. India has advocated fast-tracking a host of connectivity projects that will accelerate regional integration and endorsed the Master Plan on ASEAN Plus Connectivity (MPAC).Geopolitical considerations dictate India to open up the North Eastern Region to South East Asia and capitalise on enhanced connectivity through land, water and air routes. The Act East Policy envisages that North East Region (NER) must be developed with adequate infrastructure and human resource capital in order to facilitate people-to-people contacts on social, cultural, academic and economic platforms. The idea is about physical connectivity to be complemented with soft connectivity.

The Northeast is a natural partner in India's 'Act East Policy', being our land bridge to Association for South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the Act East Policy is a means to strengthen the stability, economy and prospects of our North Eastern region. The Act East Policy can significantly factor in ending the geographical isolation of India's North Eastern Region and transforming it into a bridgehead for India to the booming ASEAN markets and its extended neighbourhood. Given the economic potential as well as the geo-political importance of the region vis-a-vis a dynamic South East Asia, New Delhi's perception of the North East has changed. The focus is now on economic development and addressing 'trust deficit'. The opening up of the landlocked NER economically to ASEAN countries and extended neighbours is considered as a potent means of conflict transformation. The fact that there is a growing people-to-people interaction and congruence of strategic interests as well will go a long way in the global effort to enhance regional integration. In essence, India chants the connectivity 'mantra' to galvanise relations with ASEAN and the extended neighbourhood. Connectivity is much more than geographical and physical. What sustains India's relations with ASEAN and its extended neighbourhood are (soft) 'cultural and spiritual connections, grounded in history and a shared civilisational space'. The aspect of economic linkages should be explored and nurtured to further strengthen ties and contribute in the development of the North-East region.

The Summit agenda will be structured around the following main themes:

▷ Trade & Investment
▷ Connectivity& Infrastructure Development
▷ Tourism Development in the Region
▷ Skill development, capacity building and entrepreneurship

Program Schedule

Themes

Trade & Investment:


India's North East Region is an important destination for trade and investment because of its export potential and this sub-regional market centre acts as a land-bridge connecting India to the South East Asian market. North East Region is at the forefront of becoming the growth engine of India's economic development because of its Geo-strategic location and abundance natural resources which makes the Region unique in terms of providing opportunities to Business for Trade and Investments. The importance of border trade is immense for the North East Region because it brings direct tangible benefits to the region.

Connectivity & Infrastructure Development:

Connectivity is a prime factor of economic development of a nation or a region. Improved connectivity facilitates movement of goods, services and people at lesser costs. It helps access to markets, reduces exploitation by middlemen, and in the process gives impetus to economic development of remote areas. Connectivity is necessary to interlink growth centres, connect to border trade points, promote tourism and support social and security needs and realise the goals of peace and prosperity. In the human development context, better roads mean easier access to health centres for people and to schools for children, which, apart from being desirable outcomes in themselves, will promote a more productive and better skilled workforce. Institutional connectivity and people-to-people engagements are of vital importance to cultural and social integration as well as progress.Connectivity in all its dimensions - physical, institutional and people-to-people continues to be a strategic priority for India.

Tourism Development in the Region:

Tourism is an area where much can be done. Promotion of tourism factors in increasing greater people-to-people contacts and understanding of each other's culture and civilisation. Tourism includes pilgrimage tourism, food tourism, adventure tourism, leisure tourism, and health-wellness tourism will be an area of interest. The Northeast region that is rich in culture and eco system has a great potential for sustainable tourism ranging from leisure and adventure tourism to pilgrimage tourism and eco-tourism.Developing tourism connectivity with other parts of India is as important an element of strides in tourism as developing links with Southeast Asian countries, which answers to the national aspect. For this reason, it is important to recognize tourism as a promising revenue generator.

Skill Development, Capacity Building & Entrepreneurship:

The Youth is the vibrant force in North East India. And with the region which is fast evolving as a hub of new technology, innovation and emerging social & business ventures, this provides unprecedented opportunity and scope for entrepreneurship and start-ups in North East. The strong push for Skill Development and Capacity building in North East Region is a result of fast evolving landscape propelled by the game changing reforms and policy measures taken by Government of India.

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North East was known as NE, but from now on it will be known as New Economy, New Energy, New Empowerment - in a way it will become a New Engine for India's growth
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Shri Narendra Modi

Prime Minister of India

In terms of land connectivity, Manipur is the gateway for India to the ASEAN region
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Shri N. Biren Singh

Chief Minister of Manipur

India's North East Region is Gateway to South East Asia and integrates India's market to South East Asian market.
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Shri Suresh Prabhu

Minister of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India

The Speakers

Organising Committee

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Suresh Prabhu Chair

Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India

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N.Biren Singh Co-Chair

Chief Minister of Manipur

The Members

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Chowna Mein

Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Finance, Goverment of Arunanchal Pradesh

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Jayant Sinha

Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Goverment of India

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Rajani Ranjan Rashmi

Chief Secretary, Goverment of Manipur

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Thongam Biswajit Singh

Minister of Commerce and Industries, Goverment of Manipur

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Himanta Biswa Sarma

Minister of Finance, Goverment of Assam

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Mmhonlumo Kikon

Minister, Goverment of Nagaland

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Ram Madhav

Director, India Foundation

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Rajiv Kumar

Vice Chairperson, Niti Aayog

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Shaurya Doval

MD, Zeus Caps & Director, India Foundation

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Asnikumar Moirangthem

Vice Chairman, Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency

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Rajat Sethi

Advisor to Chief Minister of Manipur

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Saket Misra

CEO, Venus Asset Finance

North-East Development Summit will highlight the Strengths & Vast Investment Opportunities for Planning & Development in the North East Region

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Contact Details


Organising Secretary
Shristi Pukhrem
Senior Research Fellow, India Foundation
shristipukhrem@indiafoundation.in
+91 11-43012351
northeastdevelopmentsummit@gmail.com


Ms Mercina R. Panmei
Director, Manipur Infrastructure Developmemt Agency (MIDA), Imphal
A Govt of Manipur Undertaking
Secured Building Complex, North AOC, Imphal, Manipur
FAX : 03852422793, Phone : 03852422680
Email : office@midamanipur.com