PD Rai for Indo-Nepal collaboration on environmental friendly industries
Gangtok, June 28
In order to explore the trade and investment opportunities and to participate in the economic development of both India’s Northeast Region and Nepal, PHDCCI under aegis of its India-Nepal Centre (INC) / State Development Council (SDC) and in association with the Embassy of Nepal, New Delhi, India has organised “India-Nepal Economic Partnership Summit” on 28th June at Gangtok, Sikkim.
The Summit focused on the sectors where India-Nepal co-operation can be further boosted through proactive and sublime “East Connection” to achieve the desired goals for Nepal’s economic development –Tourism; Agriculture & Food Processing; Energy; Infrastructure; Healthcare; Education, Skill Development & Start-ups and Services.
While speaking at the Technical Session of the summit the Former Lok Sabha MP PD Rai shared his perspectives on the possibilities of deeper collaboration between the industries in India and Nepal.
Mr Rai outlined the changing face of the world’s trade order especially in relation to US-China and US-India trade relations. This will result directly in try to access markets in the periphery.
He further dwelt on bringing the policy of Government of India to bring North Eastern States into the mainstream development with development as the driver rather than security concerns.
The Act East Policy has played well in the last five years with many projects mainly infrastructures and connectivity Rai added.
Mr Rai further apprised the gatherings about Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) framework which sought to do business with the neighboring countries.
Rai maintained that good economics make good politics.
Rai shared his reflections on the need of institutionalizing the socio-cultural goodwill and shared ties between India and Nepal for accelerating the economic cooperation.
Expressing his concern over the rapid climate change Mr Rai said, India is thirsty and with climate change we have to radically alter our use of water resources in the region.
With a world that is grappling with Climate change and global warming the environmental friendly industries will be the key said Rai.
Rai also pitched for the Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) working across mountains states and NE India can be of huge assistance to the PHDCCI through their State development council.
The Summit was also attended by His Excellency Dr Nilambar Acharya, Nepalese Ambassador in India, the Chief Minister of Sikkim Mr Prem Singh Tamang (Golay), Ambassador K.V. Rajan, Chairman, India-Nepal Centre,
PHDCCI, dignitaries, participants, officials from Nepal Embassy.
The Summit’s first Technical Session Chaired by Amb Mr K V Rajan dealt with “Promoting Industry in Nepal; Revisiting Bilateral Trade Policies; Expanding Sub-regional Cooperation; Border Area Development; MSMEs; Destination Sikkim; SAARC; BBIN.” The Session was participated by Mr Tirtha Poudel, Counsellor, (Economic), Embassy of Nepal, India; Mr P D Rai, Former MP, Lok Sabha, Sikkim & Leader, SDF; Ms Sherap Shenga, Secretary, Department of Information & Public Relations; Dr Jagganath Patnaik, Vice Chancellor, ICFAI University, Sikkim; Dr P Dabral, Dean, Central Agriculture University, Sikkim; Mr Trilok Dewan, Former Chief Secretary,
Andhra Pradesh; Former Principal Secretary & Advisor, GTA; Former MLA, Darjeeling; Mr Raj Basu, Advisor (Tourism), Government of Sikkim.
The concluding Session focused on “Policy Reforms & Ease of Doing Business in Nepal; Sectorial Possibilities in Nepal; Channelising Investment (both-ways) for Industrial Development in Nepal and Northeast (with special reference to Sikkim” and was moderated by Atul K Thakur, Deputy Secretary & Coordinator, SDC / India-Nepal Centre, PHDCCI. The panel-members were: Sunil KC, CEO, Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA), Kathmandu; Mr Kuvera Chalise, Editor, Karobar Daily, Kathmandu; Bikas Rauniyar, Executive Director, Interstate
Multi-Modal Transport (P) Ltd / Fleet Logistics (P) Ltd; Dr Panu Pazo, International Trade Expert; Col Mani Gahatraj, Consultant – Infrastructure; Ms Gayatri Rai, Educationist; Mr Abhimanyu Dhakal, Agri& Food Processing Entrepreneur.