JORHAT, Feb 19 � Claiming that the State now has a �conducive atmosphere� for foreign investment, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today invited the business communities of the neighbouring Myanmar, Thailand, Nepal, Afghanistan and other South East Asian countries to explore the potential of trade and commerce in Assam.
After lighting the inaugural lamp of the Assam-International Trade and Industrial Fair (AITIF) here, Gogoi sought to assure the neighbouring countries of all kinds of government support in this regard.
Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Myanmar�s Sagaing Region Minister for Electricity and Industry U Kyaw Win, Nepal�s Acting Ambassador to India Krishna Prasad Dhakal, and many other high-profile foreign representatives were present at the mega commercial event held for the first time in an Upper Assam town like Jorhat today.
�Earlier, there was a perception that our State was not a safe place for big foreign investments. But now a conducive atmosphere prevails for such investments in the State. I invite all of you to explore the trade potential of Assam. All possible support from our side will be provided,� said Gogoi addressing the foreign delegates.
Narrating the State�s century-old ethnic assimilation with the neighbouring Thailand and Myanmar and the decades-old business being carried on by some Afghan citizens, who are popularly called �Kabuli� in Assam, in several pockets in the region, the Chief Minister said that if these foreign countries invest in sectors like agriculture, food processing, hospitality, education, tourism in the State, the investors and the people of Assam will both be immensely benefited.
He called for the opening of the old Stilwell Road for smooth surface communication between Assam and the neighbouring countries, pointing out that the road had earlier linked Assam with Myanmar.
Attending the inaugural ceremony, Meghalaya Health Minister Alexander Laloo Hek also tried his best to draw the attention of foreign investors for profit-making investment in his State, which he said is endowed with optimum potential in sectors like tourism, hospitality, horticulture of medicinal plants, etc, due to its favourable climatic and environmental conditions.