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Gogoi call to investors

- Stress on trade flow

Guwahati, Nov. 22: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today appealed to global investors to visit the state and make it their investment destination.

Gogoi was speaking at the Second South Asian Diaspora Convention organised by the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at the National University of Singapore in Singapore.

A communiqué issued by the state government here this evening said the chief minister called for deliberations on the critical interventions, such as roads and other infrastructure, required for smooth flow of trade and commerce to the region.

“I would urge the Indian diaspora, comprising many enterprising people who have done well in all walks of life the world over, to visit Assam and make it their investment destination. Geographic connectivity alone is not good enough. We need to see trade facilitation and the transformation of these corridors into economic corridors, carrying the promise of economic growth, jobs, development and prosperity across the region,” Gogoi said.

Showcasing the state’s potential in key sectors, Gogoi said emerging from a period of unrest and low growth during the 1990s, Assam has been growing at a steady pace of 6 to 7.5 per cent for the past several years.

He said his government was developing a tea park near Guwahati to provide warehousing and other export-related services.

“Tea, being the pride of the state, has been declared a state drink by my government. Along with creation of value addition through a large range of tea-based drinks, there is a growing attraction for tea tourism in our state. The Tea Auction Centre in Guwahati has emerged as the largest in India in terms of volume of tea auctioned. There is an inland container depot near Guwahati for export of tea, too,” the chief minister said.

Gogoi showcased the state’s rich potential in hydropower, handloom and handicrafts, tea tourism, adventure tourism and called for investments in these sectors.