The Vice-President of India, Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu, has said that enhanced focus on connectivity along with greater economic integration of the North East with ASEAN is crucial for the long-term progress, stability and better quality of life for all in the north-eastern region. He was addressing the Convocation of Tripura University in Agartala on Wednesday.
Mr Naidu said that the union government is keen to facilitate border trade between the North Eastern states and India’s neighbouring countries by setting up more border trade points and border haats.
Stressing on the need to improve connectivity to bring the North East region into the mainstream, the Vice-President said such a move would promote tourism, business and people-to-people contact. Corridors of connectivity should be converted into corridors of economic growth, he added.