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‘North East can be an alternate destination for high end tourism’

SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has called for the need to promote North East as an alternate destination for high end tourists.
Sangma was speaking at the North East India Business and Cultural Integration Initiatives organized by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, and Confederation of Indian Industry in Mumbai on Thursday.
During the event, Sangma also highlighted various initiatives the Meghalaya Government has embarked on “to achieve economic growth and development while promoting inclusive growth on a sustainable basis”. He added that his government is trying to showcase Meghalaya as a state for investment on a sustainable model.
Suspension of NEIPP has affected NE
Sangma, meanwhile, pointed out that the suspension of North Eastern Industrial  and Investment Promotion Policy, 2007 (NEIIP) has affected the industrial development in North East.
Sangma, however, said that there have been collective efforts by the state governments of North East to make operational the business policy with few modifications and improvements as articulated by the North Eastern states.
He said that the growth and prosperity of the North Eastern states is important since the region is a conglomeration of frontier states.
“The region has seen visible positive impact in the last few years due to number of investments viable for it and hence there is a need to ensure that the growth and prosperity does not get dislocated,” he added while speaking in front of a gathering which consisted of the likes of Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister, Industry & Commerce, Transport & Parliamentary Affairs, Assam, Joint Secretary, DoNER, A M Singh, Chairman, CII North East Council, Sandipan Chakravorty among others.
NE well governed for business prospects
He added that North East is better governed for business prospects and there is a need to look at sustainability of business and livelihood in the rural areas of the region leveraging upon the renewable natural resources and human resources.
It may be mentioned that North East India Business & Cultural Integration Initiatives aims at promoting North East India as business and Tourism destination.
As a part of this initiative, ‘Make in North East’ summit is a part of Government of India’s Make in India.
Various corporate houses gave presentations of their success stories in North East region.
The State Governments of the North East Region gave presentations on the possible business avenues in the region. Representatives of corporate houses such as IL&FS, Shapoorji Pallonji and Tata Trust also spoke about the various business avenues in the region.

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