Assam can emerge as India's corridor to South East Asia: President

31 Mar 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee today said Assam, which is emerging as economic hub of India, is perfectly positioned to become the corridor of the country to the ASEAN nations as the 'Act East' policy takes forefront.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 'Namami Brahmaputra' festival here, Mukherjee said India would soon celebrate 25 years of its link with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He said the country's traditions, including the teachings of Assam's great scholar and social reformer Shankaradev, never allowed the practice of intolerance. The President said South East Asia is an important destination for India's investment and trade. Stating that Assam has "immense development potential", the President added the inland water transport system in the National Waterways can change its economic scenario.
"The development of this national waterway can give Assam access to international ports like Chittagong in Bangladesh. This will give Assam an exposure to international trade and commerce. With the Act East Policy taking forefront, Assam is perfectly positioned to become the corridor of the country to the ASEAN nations," he said. Mukherjee hailed Assam's richness in natural resources and its hardworking people to underline that all it needed was "strong drive, right policies and effective implementation." "We have to join hands to make the dream of Bharat Ratna Gopinath Bordoloi - first chief minister of Assam becoming a front runner in the field of socio-economic progress-- a reality," the President said.