Gangtok, 28 June: If there are any interventions to be made by the state government to consolidate the age old relationship between India and Nepal, his government shall be doubly forthcoming, reiterated the state chief minister PS Golay.
He said this while addressing as the chief guest at the India Nepal Economic Partnership Summit held at Gangtok today.
Terming the state as the most peaceful magnificently beautiful and socially harmonious, he stated that his government has just come to power and has already started carving new development strategies critically based on peoples involvement in decision making process, alongside respecting the nature and its instincts through a missionary goal of green economy and society.
“We aim at being the first full green economy of the country,” he stressed.
He also appreciated the centre’s neighbourhood first and act east policy which he said were policies that can trigger growth and development in its neighbourhood.
In all this, he said that the crucial factor is played by private sectors and congratulated PHDCCI and Embassy of Nepal for initiating ventures to mobilise trade and investment integration between the two countries.
Hailing Eastern Himalayas which includes Nepal, India (Sikkim, Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh) and Bhutan as cradle of mountain agriculture, he asked the stakeholders to collaborate with counterparts in Nepal for production and marketing.
He also stated electricity and entrepreneurial collaborations as other sectors of engagement. Further he mentioned that the Government of Sikkim is keen to attract investment from neighbouring countries and added that the Government can even explore the possibility of negotiating with the Government of India to bring amendments in the latest north east Industrial development scheme 2018 to extend fiscal incentives to investors from neighbouring countries.
Sectors like tourism, health, education, information technology, value chain, medicine, archeology, social science, natural sciences, engineering, fashion technology, natural resources, climate change, developmental governance and other professional services as important areas of collaboration and investments.
“Quality and employability based investment in services sector is the crying need today,” said the Chief Minister, highlighting shared rich Buddhist heritage and biodiversity tourism.
Lastly, he thanked the delegates for their presence and asked them to visit the Himalayan capital, Gangtok and breathe its pure air.
Nepalese Ambassador, Nilambar Acharya, stated that it’s not just New Delhi and Kathmandu but also local priorities that have to be kept in mind.
“People centric developments should not be restricted to capitals,” he added.
He also highlighted that Sikkim can offer a lot in India’s Act East policy and stated that ancient people to people relations are bound by shared civilisational heritage.
Ambassador Acharya also floated the idea of air connectivity between Sikkim and Nepal and also expressed happiness on Indo Nepal road through Chiwabhanjyang which would directly connect Sikkim with Nepal for the first time.
“Economic ties will help consolidate all other ties,” he said.
Further he added that Sikkim and Nepal have common Himalayan ranges to work together in future.
He highlighted Hydro power, preservation of Himalayas and tourism as other key areas of common interest.
Terming India and Nepal as “One Civilisation Two countries” Ambassador Acharya stated that we can rely on our traditional ties and closeness to build a new modern relationship.
Praising PM Modi’s ‘Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikaas’ theme, he stated that Nepal has also adopted a similar theme of ‘Prosperous Nepal and Happy Nepali’.