Guwahati, Oct 7: External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will today inaugurate a three-day conference on "India's Look East Policy - Challenges for Sub-Regional Cooperation". Commerce Minister Kamal Nath and the Ambassadors of Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan to India will take part in the meet. Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Minister of Department of North Eastern Region (DONER) Mani Shankar Aiyar will deliver valedictory address on October 9.
Governor of Assam Lt. General (retired) Ajai Singh and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will also attend the conference this evening.
Over 300 experts from India and abroad, including academicians, think tanks, representatives of industry, intelligentsia, civil society and senior officials are expected to attend the conference.
Issues pertaining to India's Look East Policy - political economy implication, governance and social issues and role of the civil society, regional connectivity and infrastructure, competitive business investment, informal trade and regional integration, challenges of poverty and human resource development in northeastern states will be discussed during the conference.
This conference has been organised in association with the Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development (OKDISCD) and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).