France expresses interests to explore collaboration opportunities in Northeast



France has expressed the desire to explore opportunities of collaboration in tourism and other potential sectors in the Northeastern region and Jammu and Kashmir.

This was conveyed by French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain when he called on Union Minister for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh here on Friday, an official statement said.

Singh also discussed with him various potential projects in the Northeastern states.

The ambassador conveyed to the Union minister the desire of the government of France to explore the avenues and opportunities of collaboration in different sectors in the Northeastern states, and tourism and other potentials in Jammu and Kashmir; the statement said.

Lenain recalled the fond memories of his visit to Kashmir valley early this year as part of a group of ambassadors.

The minister spelt out different sectors in which, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, collaborative initiatives had been undertaken in the Northeast.

In this regard, he referred to the Centre of Excellence Citrus Fruit Park set up in Mizoram with Israeli collaboration and the collaboration of Japan in some infrastructure projects.

As for the Northeast, Singh said, there were vast areas of unexplored potential which were waiting to be explored.

These, he said, include tourism, handicraft, handloom and food and fruit sectors.

The minister said that the prime minister has not only given special emphasis to the development of the northeastern region but also reoriented “Look East Policy” into Act-East policy and taken several steps to increase engagement with the countries across the eastern borders.

He also mentioned the Indo-Bangladesh agreement on the exchange of enclaves, which was finalised with the personal intervention of the prime minister and also his initiative to amend 100-year-old Indian Forest Act to promote bamboo products and their trade, the statement said. (PTI)