SHILLONG: A two-day seminar ‘Shillong Dialogue’ India and Sub Himalayan Eastern Neighbours: Shared Borders, Shared Opportunities: Transforming Geo Spaces to Celebrating Ideas, Skills, People’, organised by the Asian Confluence is underway in the city. Speaking at the inaugural session Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma highlighted the need for improved connectivity with the neighbouring countries for transformative growth of the region.
“Most of the North Eastern States share their borders with the neighbouring countries and therein lies a huge opportunity for developing trade and economic growth which will be mutually beneficial to the region, our country as well as the neighbouring countries” the Chief Minister said.
Terming tourism as a sector with immense potential for employment generation and economic growth the Chief Minister also stressed the need to develop infrastructure and facilities to improve tourist flow to the region.
The Chief Minister also pushed for more cooperation in the agriculture and allied sectors and termed digital connectivity as an enabling factor for transformation of the region. “Digital connectivity will lead to faster and more efficient market linkages,” he said. The seminar in progress will be a platform to discuss the emerging insights from an ongoing study being conducted by the Asian Confluence in collaboration with the Asia Foundation which focuses on ways and means to connect the Border States and regions through interconnectedness of goods, services and people. The study has identified three main pillars on which further discussions could be explored. They are Tourism, creation of Agri-horti value chains and enabling of sub-regional Trade- Tourism-Transit hubs.