SHILLONG, Sept 5 - India�s Act East policy has not had any perceptible impact in the North Eastern region even as South East Asia has emerged as the largest trading partner of India by trade volume as it is mainly sea-borne, North Eastern Council economic adviser W Synrem said here today.
�India�s Act East Policy has not so far had any perceptible impact on this border region,� Synrem said while addressing at the conference on energising North East.
He said under the Act East Policy, this region is receiving priority of the Government as the region is an alternate link in development of economic relations with the neighbouring countries.
He said this (South East Asia) trade has, however, had no impact on the country�s North-east because the trade is mainly sea-borne.
The NEC economic adviser highlighted the possibility of cross-border energy trading among the countries in the East and South East Asia which could open up new vistas of cooperation through the country�s North-east.
�Cross-border energy trade act as a single most effective confidence building measure through participation of multiple stakeholders and promote market integration,� Synrem said.
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (Tripura) General Manager Sougata Sen said, �India�s growth cannot be thought in isolation without the development of this region because of its strategic position with Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal and Myanmar.�
Meanwhile, the NEC adviser also informed that the region has a reserve of 151.68 billion cubic feet of natural gas capable of generating 7500 MW for 10 years and a coal reserve of 864.78 million tonnes of coal (against 186 billion tonnes of reserves in the country) capable of generating 240 MW every day for 100 years. � PT