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Indo-Japan Partnership Can Make a Difference in the Development of Assam: Dr. S Jaishankar

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Guwahati, Feb 15: Good Infrastructure is required to attract investment in the state and the Union government is committed to strengthening the development and connectivity in Assam and the entire North Eastern Zone, said Union External affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar while interacting with the press at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, here today.

He further said that India and Japan government is collaborating for enhancing skill development, business, and investment in a robust manner. The visit of the Ambassador of Japan to India, Satoshi Suzuki to Assam reflects how the Indo-Japan partnership can make a difference in India and more specifically towards the development of Assam, he added.

The Union government took Act East Policy to a higher level to expand the connectivity with South East Asia and the result is seen with numerous connectivity projects, economic flows, and strategic cooperation, he further added.  Mentioning that the present government is focusing on strengthening connectivity, Dr. Jaishankar said that the Trilateral highway project is in advanced stage now and the government is also focusing on the development in the aviation sector of the region. He said that Assam can play a critical role in power, transportation sector for the North-East zone. The Minister asserted that Assam is a major player in producing refined petroleum products and the government is working to facilitate the sale of the product to larger region. In this regard government is working on a pipeline to supply diesel to Bangladesh, he added.

Addressing the media the Ambassador of Japan to India, Satoshi Suzuki said that Japan and India is collaborating for the development of the Northeast zone with special focus to Assam. He further added that development of North East region is indispensable for India to become a 5 trillion economy. He said that Japan is supporting various connectivity projects in Assam. In this regard a 20 Km river bridge will be constructed over Brahmaputra river which will connect Dhubri to Phulbari and this will be the longest river bridge of India.

The Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said that there is tremendous potential in the State for investment in different sectors. The government proposed for setting up a Japanese industrial township in a 600-acre plot in Nagarbera of Assam which will in a long way will provide industrial development in the state and business for both the countries, the Chief Minister said.

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