North East Investment meet in Thailand to begin tomorrow

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New Delhi, Sept 30 (UNI) The Union government is organising a week-long meet in Bangkok from tomorrow highlighting the trade and investment potential in various sectors in the North Eastern region.

''The prime reason for taking such an initiative is to attract investment from Thailand in various sectors in the region," official sources said here today.

Investment will be attracted in the areas of infrastrcture, food processing, tourism and hospitality, horticulture, handlooms and handicrafts, rubber and bamboo.

Sources said businessmen interested in tie-ups in information technology, private airlines and other areas had also been invited to participate.

Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) Mani Shankar Aiyar, will lead the delegation to Bangkok. Minister of State for Industry Ashwani Kumar and Chief ministers of most of the North Eastern states will participate in the event.

Thailand's Commerce Minister Krik-Krai Jirapet and Deputy Industry Minister Piyabutr Cholvijarn along with about 200 Thai businessmen would be participating in the various session with senior officials from the 70-member Indian delegation.

''It is expected that the Indian officials will interact with their counterparts and will have one-to-one discussions on the specific areas of interest for exploring the possibilities of investment and trade in the North East,'' sources said.

The investment week in Bangkok is a follow up of the third North East Business Summit held in April 2007 in collaboration with the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata.


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