British Deputy High Commissioner calls on CM
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, March 17: British Deputy High Commissioner posted in Kolkata Bruce Bucknell today called on the Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal at the latter’s office in Assam Secretariat and discussed various issues of mutual interest.
Stating that both Assam and Britain must explore opportunities of business and economic activities Sonowal said that the government is striving to transform Assam into an organic hub and Britain can extend cooperation in this regard by transferring knowledge and technology.
The British Deputy High Commissioner informed the Chief Minister that he has visited the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) in the city and Britain can help the state in imparting quality skill training to the youths of the state.
The Chief Minister also urged the British Deputy High Commissioner to help the State Government in maging the water resources and floods occurring every year causing massive devastation in the state.
Education is also one key sector in the state that can be benefited by British help and partnership between educatiol institutions of the State and Britain can provide students of the state exposure to quality education.
Saying that Britishers were the first to usher in oil industry in the state with the establishment of Digboi oil refinery, Sonowal said that oil majors like British Petroleum and other big industrial players of Britain must be encouraged to invest in the state and he also urged the British Deputy High Commissioner to play a key role in bringing potential investors to participate in Investment Summit to be held in the state later this year.
Inviting the British Deputy High Commissioner to the mami Brahmaputra Festival to be held in the state from March 31 to April 4, 2017 Sonowal said that the festival would give a clear perception about state’s culture and heritage to the visitors.
Fince Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Industry and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, among others, were present during the meeting.