39 MoUs crown Imphal summit
Imphal: The two-day North East Development Summit concluded on a positive note here on Wednesday with the Manipur government signing 39 memoranda of understanding (MoU) with various firms, primarily in healthcare, infrastructure, skill development and agriculture.
President Ram Nath Kovind had inaugurated the summit on Tuesday.
An official release said the state forest department signed four MoUs - two with the HSMM Group of Laos for agarwood plantation and production of essential oil and commercial production of orchids, one with NLR of Netherland for production of biofuels from bamboo and one with the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India for minimum support prices for minor forest produces.
The state's higher education department signed an MoU with Unesco Centre, the UK, for setting up a private university in Manipur.
The finance department signed an MoU with the Indo-Swiss Centre, Switzerland, for facilitating attracting investment in trade and tourism.
The agriculture department signed an MoU with MSTC, a government of India undertaking, for e-marketing of agricultural produce from Manipur.
The state tourism department signed an MoU with the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic for development of tourism and another with Star Track Business House Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, for a Rs 50-crore infrastructure development project.
The Manipur Police Housing Corporation signed an MoU with Fitzroy Salai Holdings, Calcutta, for a cable car project in the state.
Rounding off the summit, chief minister N. Biren Singh said the event was an effort to showcase and explore the potential of the Northeast in establishing itself as the "hub" of India's Act East Policy.
He said the summit marked the beginning of his government's and private companies' commitment towards building a partnership to address the aspirations of the people by unlocking the full potential of the state.
He hoped that the positive outcome of the summit would transform the business and development environment of the region in general and Manipur in particular.