Hon. Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh delivering inaugural address. Mr Naveen Verma, IAS, Secretary DONER in the backdrop with Chairman and Co-Chairman CII (NER Infrastructure Conclave).
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized the “North East Infrastructure Conclave 2017” that was held in India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 23rd September 2017. The conclave focused on building synergies and providing a forum for various stakeholders to come on board and assess the government of India’s plans and programs on Regional Connectivity in Northern Eastern Region and how the region can be developed into a Power House.
The focus of the conclave was to explore strategy that would realize the full potentials of India’s North-Eastern Region, which is the Gateway to the South-East Asia from India. India’s North-Eastern States are sharing international borders with China, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh and strategically very important from trade and defense point of view. The conclave aimed at providing a forum to various Government bodies and the private sector, in developing connectivity infrastructure, such as roads, railways, civil aviation, inland-waterways, ports, defense and public administration to build synergy within the region, and together drive projects worth more than Indian Rupees 2,00,000 Crores (€ 40 billion). Dr. Jitendra Singh, who is the Minister of State in the Office of Prime Minister and heads the Ministry for Development of North-Eastern Region, chaired the conclave. He also shared Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi’s vision, including creation of ‘India-Japan Act East Forum’ for financing mega public infrastructure projects in the region by Japan through JICA, following the recent visit of Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, to India.
Confederation of Indian Industry works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the growth of industry in India by partnering with industry, government and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes. Participants included government officials and the private sector. Quercus Group Country Manager - Indian, Siddhartha Choudhury, was invited to become a panel member for developing an actionable agenda for North-East Infrastructure Sector. He noted that, “India’s North-Eastern Region is one of the most remote areas of the country and has immense potential to develop into an economically robust zone by harnessing its natural resource base. Towards this, there is the need for the region to go for inclusive growth with clean technologies and green growth, where development and connectivity infrastructure is a multi-stakeholder collaboration with community participation to effectively harness the region’s own economic strengths.” He also highlighted that that it was not necessary to re-invent the wheel, but rather that the region could exploring other successful models such as the European and Nordic Models to arrive at holistic economic development.