A state government team led by Shri Th. Biswajit Singh, Hon’ble Minister for Industry interacted with Baoshan Municipal Authority led by Yang Jun, Mayor of Baoshan, Yunan Province, People’s Republic of China.

The teams discussed several issues including upgradation of the economic cooperation especially in the fields of the industry, agriculture and tourism sectors.

Mayor of Baoshan at South & South East Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair, 2017, invited the State team. The fair, which started on June 12, 2017, will continue till June 18, 2017 at the Dianchi International Convention and International Sistership pavilion at Kunming, Yunan Province, People’s Republic of China. It is co-hosted by China Chamber of International Commerce, SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry and ASEAN-China Centre.

This festival provides a new platform of pragmatic exchanges and cooperation for establishing friendly relations between India and China.

Shri Biswajit Singh,Hon’ble Minister for Industry proposed to seek business opportunities for common development and prosperity of both countries. He narrated about the history of Manipur and introduced his team.

The Minister dwelled on the prospects of trade between the state of Manipur and Baoshan in the fields of agriculture, minerals, process food, handloom and handicrafts products. Manipur has the distinction of having the highest number and concentration of weavers in India given the small area of the State.

As the climatic and soil condition of the State is conducive for cultivation of Stevia plants and lemon grass, export of the finished products is promising. The expertise of the Chinese in technology may be required to develop industry in the State particularly in the food industry and mining of minerals. The prospect of popularising king chilly (U-morok) will be a reality if there is demand in Baoshan. In case there is a growing demand of cotton in China, export of cotton from India via Manipur can also be explored.

To encourage friendship and trust, the Hon’ble Minister also expressed the need to promote cultural exchanges between the two countries.He said this will also provide a boost to the tourism sector in the state of Manipur and Yunan Province will also get benefit from the process.

The Minister also pointed out that as the State has sizable deposits of limestone and chromite, export and import of minerals is a field that should be promoted to bring in more economic viability.

Shri Biswajit also invited Mayor of Baoshan and his team to Sangai Festival which will be held in November,2017 for friendly exchanges on social and economic cooperation between the two countries.

The other delegates in the State team include Dr S Ranjan Singh, Hon’ble Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Shri L. Lakher Singh, Principal Secretary Commerce and Industry, Shri Luikham, Director Commerce and Industry, Smt. L. Inunganbi Devi, Corporator Imphal Municipal Corporation ward no 18, Shri L. Bashanta Sharma, Media Coordinator to Hon’ble Chief Minister Manipur, Shri Chandrakishore, Shri Rajen, Shri RK. Sherjit Singh from the North East Federation on International Trade, Manipur Chapter. (DIPR)

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