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New Delhi : Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, on January 30, 2021  said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the vision of “Act East” thus imparting a new push to our approach and focus to our relations with neighbouring countries through “Act East” policy.

Addressing the Asia Pacfic Youth Exchange (APYE) meet along with the Vice President of the Republic of Philippines Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo and the Chief Minister of Mizoram Zoramthanga, Dr Singh said as the Minister In charge of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), he is pleased to note that the North Eastern State of Mizoram is hosting this meet. He said the North Eastern region is surrounded by international borders and serves as India’s gateway to the East.

Dr Singh said, ever since Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister, he has accorded a special priority to the development of the North Eastern region of India. He said this also assumes importance because if India has to successfully engage with the countries across the eastern borders, it must have a strong basis in the areas proximal to eastern borders which comprise the North Eastern States, according to a PIB release.

With its geographical position and rich natural as well as agro-climatic resources, Dr Singh said, access to the growing ASEAN market is essential for optimum utilisation of trade and business opportunities. He recalled how on the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indo-Bangladesh Agreement was successfully accomplished resulting in the exchange of enclaves thus facilitating easier and cost-effective access to Bangladesh and other regions.

Dr Singh noted that in the times to come, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) will be our guide for integrating social, economic, and environmental dimensions of development. To that extent, he also appreciated the efforts made by the organisers of the Meet to hold interactions of Asia Pacific society with the local communities.