KISAMA, Dec 2 (NEPS): Advisor, Industries & Commerce, Imnatiba Jamir highlighted the importance of Look East Policy and informing that the South East Asian countries began from the North East and Nagaland served as main corridor to the South East Asian countries.
The Advisor said this while speaking at the Nagaland Buyer-Seller Meet on the second day of the 19th Hornbill Festival here at the Bamboo Hall, Kisama on Sunday.
The Department of Industries & Commerce, Nagaland in collaboration with Indian Chamber of Commerce organised the Meet which was attended among others by delegates from neighbouring countries.
Jamir said, “Generally, we are considered as backward for which we are placed under Special Status Category but in terms of potentiality and talent, we are neither backward nor inferior to none.”
He said this kind of meet with other neighbouring countries and States would open a window for the young and upcoming entrepreneurs to build better relationship with outsiders. He urged the delegates from other countries and officials of the concerned departments to interact with the stall owners at Kisama to know the actual inputs.
The Advisor stated that their farmers had enough potentialities but they were not at par with others in terms of accessing to opportunities and markets as they didn’t have adequate marketing facilities in their state. He mentioned that the state didn’t have uniform pattern of organisational set up for the markets including other taxes, for which, establishment of efficient marketing system for their producers was in dire need. Due to lack of marketing and storage facility, besides lack of proper infrastructure like Air and roads connectivity hindered the growth of our economy, he added.
Stating that organisational support was the need of the hour pertaining to marketing system, the Advisor said lack of commercial knowledge and information needed addressing.
“Nagaland is known not only for its rich culture and heritage but also known for its rich flora and fauna,” he said. “80.49% is under forest cover and the people of Nagaland still practice traditional form of agriculture.”
On organic farming, he emphasised the need to educate their people about the importance and necessity to adopt it since the state was blessed with abundant natural resources. He urged the department officials to implement the schemes for the right purpose by streamlining the right beneficiaries.
Commissioner & Secretary, Industries & Commerce, L. G Chishi while delivering the welcome address thanked the neighbouring countries, Indian Chamber of Commerce and officials from different departments who came and made the programme successful.
Stressing on the importance of networking, she said importing or exporting of products was all about networking between the producers and consumers. Without building good relationship and proper linkage with their fellow entrepreneurs outside the state or country, they couldn’t go ahead.
Urging all participants and delegates attending the programme to make a world a smaller place, she asked them to make the best use of their stay in Nagaland during this festive season.
Addressing a keynote address, Regional Director, North East Indian Chamber of Commerce, Ishantor Sobhapandit said, “Indian cannot expand more on the North, South and West but India can further expand on the South East Asian countries.”
He said the North Eastern States were closer to South East Asian countries than the mainland India.
He also conveyed his appreciation over the warm hospitality and good nature of the Nagas.
Delegates from Bangladesh, Imamuz Zaman of India- Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chairman, Nepal Herbs & Herbal Products Association, Govinda Prasad Ghimire and Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Namgyel Wangmo addressed the Meet. Director, Industries & Commerce, Er. S. Temsulong Jamir proposed vote of thanks. Deputy Director, ICC, Pranom Dutta Mazumdar chaired the programme.