Assam & Malaysia Moots Strong Partnership: Patowary


Assam Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, while mooting out a strong partnership with Malaysia urged a business delegation of Southeast Asian countries to invest in sectors such as tea, hydrocarbons, and infrastructure.

Highlighting the strengths and opportunities of the state, the Minister also asked the delegation to invest in transportation, food processing, bamboo, agar and skill development.

While interacting with a delegation of the Malaysia India Business Council (MIBC) on Wednesday, Patowary said that it is a win-win opportunity for both the countries and that if they work together, they can grow together.

Patowary further stated that apart from business to business meets, the heart to heart connection has also been shared which will go a long way in building a strong partnership with Malaysia.

He also underlined the need to promote tourism, hotel industry and education sectors which will be mutually beneficial.

Assuring full support to the team, the minister said, “You will not face red-tapism but red-carpet welcome in all your dealings with state agencies” adding that the Centre plans to have direct flights from Guwahati to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Yangon, Hanoi, and Kathmandu.

The minister also explained to the MIBC team the steps taken to restore the road links with expressways to ASEAN countries with the Asian Trilateral Highway establishing direct linkage up to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Singapore.

The agreement between India and Bangladesh allowing the use of the neighbouring country’s Chittagong and Mongla ports for the vessels of the northeastern region will open up vistas of closer trade with ASEAN, Patowary said.MIBC president Tan Sri Ir Kuna Sittampalams said that Malaysia is very keen to explore the “immense” potential of Assam.

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