The second edition of the ASEAN-India Youth Summit attended by delegates from all the Southeast Asian Nations is currently underway. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, during the inauguration, stressed the need for mutual cooperation among the ASEAN countries for strengthening mutual relations in the region.
He highlighted that many of the ASEAN capitals are within 2,000-km flying distance from Guwahati, which is comparable to flying distance of Assam’s capital city to many Indian cities. With locational advantage of sharing over 4,500 km of international border, the Northeastern region has all the potential of emerging as a new growth hub.
Sonowal also said the infrastructural capacity of Guwahati that has been projected as the gateway to Southeast Asian countries is being upgraded considerably. ‘All ASEAN and BBN countries need to work as a family to realize the common agenda of the respective countries.’
Union Minister of State for Tourism, KJ Alphons, present at the inauguration urged the youth delegates from the different ASEAN countries to think beyond ‘my own people, my own country’ for a mutually tolerant all encompassing world order. The Union Minister also stated that India is famous for its tourism, which have helped the country earn nearly 234 billion dollars in the last financial year and encouraged the foreign delegates to make an extensive tour to India’s Northeast and discover the region.