The geographical location of the Northeast makes it a natural choice for a gateway for the Government’s Act East Policy, but there is a bigger, hidden potential in these states.
India’s northeast region (NER) is picturesque and blessed with enormous stores of natural resources. In terms of geographical size, the Northeast region is about 8% of India’s total area. The population of all eight states combined is approximately 40 million (2011 Census) - about 3.1% of India’s total population (1,210 million). Acknowledged as the main gateway for the Government’s Act East Policy, a thriving entrepreneurial culture has the power to revolutionise the economy of the region dramatically.
98% of the border along Northeast India is shared with Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, and Myanmar. West Bengal’s Siliguri corridor 21 to 40 kilometers (13 to 25 mi) wide, connects the Northeastern region with the rest of India. The region shares more than 4,500 kilometers (2,800 mi) of international border with China (South Tibet) in the north, Myanmar in the east, Bangladesh in the southwest, and Bhutan to the northwest. There is a golden opportunity for opening up and augmenting trade and commerce with the neighbouring countries, and through Myanmar, to ASEAN markets.
Made in Northeast
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