Assam minister moots strong partnership with Malaysia Guwahati, Nov 7 (PTI) Mooting a strong partner

Assam minister moots strong partnership with Malaysia Guwahati, Nov 7 (PTI) Mooting a strong partnershipwith Malaysia, Assam Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary has urgeda business delegation of the Southeast Asian country to investin sectors such as tea, hydrocarbons andinfrastructure.

Highlighting the strengths and opportunities of thestate, he also asked the delegation to invest intransportation, food processing, bamboo, agar and skilldevelopment.

The Assam Industries and Commerce Minister, ChandraMohan Patowary, said this while interacting with a delegationof the Malaysia India Business Council (MIBC) here onWednesday.

'It is a winwin opportunity for both the countries.

If we work together, we can grow together.

'Apart from business to business meets, it the heartto heart connection that we share which will go a long way inbuilding a strong partnership with Malaysia,' said Patowary.

He also underlined the need to promote tourism, hotelindustry and education sectors which will be mutuallybeneficial.

Assuring full support to the team, the minister said,'You will not face red tapism but red-carpet welcome in allyour dealings with state agencies.' The Centre, he said, plans to have direct flights fromGuwahati to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Yangon, Hanoi andKathmandu.

Under the UDAN International scheme, direct flightshave already been established between Guwahati and Bangkok,Patowary said.

The minister also explained to the MIBC team the stepstaken to restore the road links with expressways to ASEANcountries with the Asian Trilateral Highway establishingdirect linkage upto Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Singapore.

The agreement between India and Bangladesh allowingthe use of the neighbouring country's Chittagong and Monglaports for the vessels of the northeastern region will open upvistas of closer trade with ASEAN, Patowary said.

MIBC president Tan Sri Ir Kuna Sittampalams said thatMalaysia is very keen to explore the 'immense' potential ofAssam.

'Malaysia is a leader in infrastructure, health careand transportation and the Centres Act East Policy willsupport our endeavours to invest in Assam,' Sittampalams said.

Ramesh Kodammal, co-chairman, Asean India BusinessCouncil (AIBC) said, Malaysia is reworking on the Malaysia-India Free Trade to accelerate trade and investment withIndia. PTI ESBMM MM