Meghalaya CM calls for opening up of trade with China

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Shillong, Nov 21 (UNI) Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkupar Roy has urged upon the Centre the need to open up border trade with neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar, China.

''The opening up of trade links with these countries would boost the economy of the region,'' Dr Roy said while inaugurating the three-day Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) exhibition on Enterprise North East here yesterday.

Pointing out that the people of the region are yet to benefit from India's ''Look East Policy'', the Chief Minister said Kolkata and Chennai would derive more economic benefits from the region.

'' I don't see that the policy would bring any benefit to the region as the policy in itself did not elaborate on the North East trade link with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations,'' Dr Roy, an economist himself, stated.

Underscoring the need for major investment in infrastructure development in Meghalaya, the Chief Minister said the state had a huge potential for setting up various industries.

''The purpose of industrialisation is to help fuel economic growth which will be visible in the improved living conditions of the people,'' he said.

CII's North Eastern Chairman Dipankar Chatterjee said the confederation has taken several initiatives in the North East to promote investment and provide opportunities to all stakeholders to showcase their capabilities and provide a forum of networking with prospective investors.

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