Itagar, April 4: The Act East Policy should incorporate the people of NE for practical implementation rather than theoretical alysis, former Ambassador to Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica Rudi Warjri said.
Speaking on ‘Act East Policy and implications for NE’, as part of lecture series, at Rajiv Gandhi University here on Tuesday, he highlighted three-dimensiol aspects of the Act covering geopolitical and strategic security issues, economic, trade, commerce, technology and the cultural, linguistic and ethnic mosaic.
Warjri stressed on importance of practical implementation rather than just theoretical alysis while involving the people of NE region. Resenting that the policy implementation has been slow, he said that it is high time to expedite all projects running behind schedule in tune with the Act.
Emphasizing on the concept of regiol comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP), Warjri said that ASEAN-India projects have an impact on the region while citing the cases of trilateral highway connecting Moreh-Tamu-Mae Sot and Kaladan Multi-modal connectivity tract and the transforming corridors which extends to Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietm.
He said it was important to focus on regiol connectivity vis-à-vis improving local area connectivity.
Warjri said Aruchal Pradesh medicil plants, cash crops, hydro potentiality, and minerals resources and its tourism potential could catapult its growth. “A north-east implementation agency involving state governments with neighbouring countries in tune with the Act should be created as a platform for ‘sub-state diplomacy’,” he said.
“The border trade could be given a boost by opening border haats and border points, but that should not be at the cost of related cross-border crimes such as goods, arms, and human-trafficking besides pumping in of counterfeit Indian currencies,” he added.
Earlier, registrar in-charge Prof Tomo Riba said that the talk is of immense value and would benefit the academic world in particular and society in general while social science dean Prof Sudhir Kumar Singh, and Assistant Professor (tribal studies) Lisa Lomdak also spoke on the occasion.