NEW DELHI, Oct 7 � As part of the Act East Policy of the NDA Government, the Centre has mooted the idea of integrating the North East with regional production and value chains.
Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj today held a briefing for the Governors of northeastern States on the �Act East Policy�, which was attended by JP Rajkhowa, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, Governor of Assam and Nagaland, V Shanmuganam, Governor of Manipur and Meghalaya, Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma, Governor of Mizoram and Shrinivas Patil, Governor of Sikkim.
The briefing, which covered key aspects of India�s Act East Policy, with focus on how these impacted the northeastern region, saw Swaraj stating that the Northeast is a �natural partner in India�s Act East Policy�. Being our land bridge to ASEAN, the Act East Policy is a means to strengthen the economy and prospects of our northeastern region, she said.
The briefing covered various cross-border connectivity projects that are under implementation or being discussed, which would link the Northeast to the wider region, including Myanmar, Bangladesh, Thailand and even Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam.
The briefing was undertaken as follow-up to a specific recommendation emanating from the Conference of Governors chaired by the President in February, said sources.