North East states to host B20 programmes

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Imphal: To explore partnership among business communities from G20 member countries towards developing a common agenda for development of critical sectors of the economy as a growth driver, CII is organising B20 Programmes in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim in partnership with the ministry of External Affairs and North Eastern state governments.

As a prelude to B20 programmes to be held in the North States , CII organized a pre cursor meeting on Tuesday at New Delhi in partnership with G20 Secretariat and North East etate governments

The Business 20 (B20) is a group that represents the private sector within the Group of 20 (G20) Forum. The B20 was established to provide a platform for the business community to engage with the G20 and to offer recommendations on policies that can support global economic growth and development.

B20 Programme will showcase the potential that the North East region offers for investment for global and local investors and highlight Opportunities for multilateral business partnerships in Industry sectors where North East states have core strength. The B20 programme scheduled from February 17-19 in Imphal would focus on  ICT, Medical Tourism, Healthcare and Handlooms. B20 programme scheduled from March 1-3 in Aizawl would focus on Urban planning, Infrastructure and Skill Development. From March 16-19 Gangtok would host a B20 programme focussing on Tourism, Hospitality, Pharmaceutical and Organic Farming and on April 4-6 B20 programme would be organised in Kohima focussing Agriculture and Food Processing.

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In addition to the Business 20 meetings, each state would organise, an excursion to tourist sights, cultural program and Gala Dinner for participants to acquaint with the North Eastern states.

Speaking at the Precursor programme of B20 India Initiatives for North East states, Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, minister of state for External Affairs highlighted the unique strength of North East region and its business potential and invited representatives of diplomatic missions, bilateral and multilateral agencies to take part in the B20 programmes scheduled in the North East states.

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He highlighted few growth statistics as over the last 8 years, number of airports in the region has increased from 9 to 16, the number of flights connecting the region have increased from about 900, before 2014, to around 1900 as on date, many North Eastern states have come to Indian Railway map, for the first time, the length of national highways has increased by 50 percent since 2014 and efforts are being made to expand the waterways also.

Muktesh K Pardeshi. OSD, G20 Operations mentioned that apart from the B20 events being organized in the four North eastern states namely, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim other events such as Youth 20, Science 20, Space 20 etc are being organised in the remaining states of Northeast.  Harsh Vardhan Singla, chief Coordinator for India’s G20 Presidency said that B20 events in Northeast will create a platform for one to one interaction not only with the state ministers but also with some Union ministers. The residence commissioners of Manipur, Mizoram and Sikkim in Delhi and the Home commissioner of Nagaland highlighted the business opportunities in their respective states.

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Pradeep Bagla, Co-chairman, CII North East Council invited Diplomatic Missions from G20 countries to facilitate trade and business delegations to participate in the B20 initiatives in the North East states.

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