DoNER minister Mani Shankar Aiyar says complementarities in trade & business and mutual synergies have every potential to enhance trade and commerce between India and Thailand.
According to information, speaking at the inaugural session of the North East India Trade & Investment Opportunities Week in Bangkok on Monday he says the India-Thailand business co-operation and exchange are reaching new heights.
Mr Aiyar emphasizes that India’s North-East must develop the necessary absorptive capacity to accept significant Thai investments in sectors of strategic importance like Infrastructure, Agro & Food Processing, Tourism, Handloom & Handicrafts, etc.
India-Thailand FTA is a great positive step towards an improved bilateral relationship,says Mr Aiyar stressing the need for improving connectivity between the two countries, especially air connectivity.
The session also witnessed the presence of Ashwani Kumar, minister of state for industry, Chief Ministers of Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, H.E. Smt. Latha Reddy, Indian Ambassador to Thailand, among other important Govt. and Industry dignitaries from both the countries.
Jointly organized by the Ministry of DoNER, the Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India, and the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the event will conclude on October 4.
Canada based Human Concern International Sunday sponsored scholarships for 51 students in Assam to pursue MBBS. The scholarships were awarded in a program organized by Markaz-ul-Ma’arif, a voluntary welfare organization.
Chief guest of the event Kulendu Pathak, Former Vice Chancellor, Dibrugarh University addressing the gathering said that the students who received assistance must aim to serve the state. Citing statistics of the Planning Commission of India he said that 96 per cent of the students generally do not return to their places of origin to work. The students must therefore, make a conscientious effort to come back, he cautioned.
R. N. Goswami, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Assam Agricultural University and Chairperson, Veterinary Council of India in his speech said that in lieu of the fixed education system that prevails in India the concept of a knowledge society which can generate, process, share and make available to all members of the society knowledge that may be used to improve the human condition is the call of the hour. He advised the students saying, “Don’t learn to learn; learn how to learn.” He appreciated the initiatives of Markaz-ul-Ma’arif.
Guest of honor, Hifzul Rahman Siddique, Scientist, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, told that one should create opportunities. He said, “The only reason Israel is successful is because they are very hard working. There are just 40 million Jews and they are controlling the world. They create their own opportunities and the result is 180 Nobel Prizes.” According to him the three basic things necessary for students are: personal planning, hard work and opportunity. The United States with 4000 scientists per million, Japan with 5000 scientists per million and the Gulf countries with 2500 scientists per million are the most scientifically advanced places on earth today, he said.