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North East India goes to Thailand to promote trade, tourism, culture

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  •  2nd North East India Festival will be held in Bangkok from 21 to 23 February

 New Delhi : Historically North East India has strong linkage with South East Asia. With 1360 km trilateral highway connecting Manipur to Thailand and recent air connectivity initiatives are likely to open up huge vistas of opportunities for North East India.

2nd North East India Festival is being organized to promote trade, tourism, cultural exchange between both regions during 21, 22 and 23 February, 2020 at popular Central World, Bangkok which attracts minimum one lakh footfalls every day. The B2B meets and seminars will be held at Centara Grand Hotel, Bangkok.

Mr Jurin Laksanawisit, Deputy Prime Minister, Thailand is expected to be present in the the inaugural session along with Pema Khandu, CM, Arunachal Pradesh, Nongthombam Biren Singh, CM, Manipur, Biplab Kumar Deb, CM, Tripura, senior Ministers of various NER States, well known industrialists of North East India. Ambassadors of South East Asia, CEOs of Thailand, and senior Members of Royal Thai Govt are also expected. A strong Minister level delegation is going from Assam including Chandramohan Patowary, Minister for Transport, Industries and Commerce, Chandan Brahma, Tourism Minister, Atul Bora, Agriculture Minister.

North East India is famous for its exotic destinations and this festival will showcase best of North East tourism potential. A B2B Meet is organized between stakeholders of both the region region. A B2B Meet on Trade will be attended by prominent buyers of Thailand interacting with Govt of North Eastern States, Traders with special focus on cane and bamboo, Agro horti products, tea etc. The session is expected promote trade between both the regions. The B2B Meet on Trade is expected to be attended by around 100 prominent entrepreneurs of Thailand.

North East India have strong historical connect with Thailand. To strengthen the relationship a People to People Exchange Programme, interaction will take place among scholars, historians, students of North East India with academicians, scholars of Thailand. More that 50 students will be travelling from the NER to attend the P2P meet and also visit various Universities of Thailand.  The People to People Exchange Programme will be chaired by Ms Suchitra Durai, Hon’ble Indian Ambassador to Thailand. The meet will explore conversations among scholars of Tai Ahom, Tai Phake, Tai Singphoh Communities of North East who have strong Thai historic linkage.

The main Festival at Central World will have exhibition from Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal, Tripura, Nagaland showcasing tourism and trade potential of the various States. Spicejet will be showcasing the organic fruits and vegetables from the North East. A presentation of Cane and Bamboo, Tea Exhibition, textiles exhibition and high quality cuisines etc will also be there.

Spectacular cultural performances of various folk dances of North East e.g. Mask Dance of Arunachal,  Bihu Dance of Assam, Raas Leela from Manipur, Cheraw Dance, Naga Warrior dance etc will be presented along with Thai dance form Khon dance which will be performed at the festival supported by Culture Ministry, Thailand. 14 designers of the region will present spectacular fashion presenting the best of North Eastern fabric.

This initiative which is considered to be the biggest ever Indian programme outside is presentation by North Eastern Council and Indian Embassy at Thailand and organized by Trend MMS, the organsier of North East Festival Initiatives with support from North East India Asociation, Thailand with support from various State Govts of North East, Spicejet etc.

Mr. Shyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organizer, North East India Festival said,A team of around 500 people is travelling from North East to Thailand for 2nd North East India Festival. After successful first edition we are very enthusiastic for the festival which, for the first time, is trying to promote North East India’s Trade, Tourism and Culture in Thailand in a methodical way.”

 “The event is actually an extension of Act East policy of India and we are grateful to the Hon’ble PM of India Shri Narendra Modi for mentioning our effort in his recent visit to Thailand last year.”

 The festival is a platform for cultural exchange between both the regions. Famous Indian singers and bands – Papon, Naga Band Trance Effect, David Angu and Tribes, Arunachal, Soulmate and  some of the most popular Thai Rock bands such as Slot Machine   will perform at the festival. North East Indian community at Thailand will perform a Unity dance too.

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