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India-Bhutan can leverage connectivity via Brahmaputra for furthering economic ties: Sarbananda Sonowal


Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal held a dialogue with a team from Bhutan led by the country’s Economic Affairs Minister HE Lyonpo Loknath Sharma and said NW 2 (Brahmaputra river) connectivity can be leveraged by both countries for improved economic ties.

Discussing ways to harness the potential of waterways for the progress of Bhutan and India, especially the North East region, the Union Minister stated that the NW 2 (Brahmaputra river) connectivity can be leveraged by both countries for improved economic ties.

Sonowal said the PM Narendra Modi Ji’s visionary Act East policy had added new momentum to trade and socio-cultural movement between the two nations. Speaking about the huge opportunities offered by the MMLP in Jogighopa and the gateway in Dhubri, the Union Minister stated that India’s advantage in providing infra support and low cost logistics can bring a new era of development for the neighbouring country.

Senior officials from both sides were also part of the meeting. Sonowal inaugurated the exhibition at the Waterways Conclave in Dibrugarh.

The minister said that a waterways ecosystem that will connect India with its neighbouring nations and lead to newer job opportunities is being developed under the AatmNirbhar Bharat vision.

“Waterways will usher in a new era of growth in the country’s North-eastern region”, he said.

The conclave is also taking forward the vision of our Hon’ble Prime Minister on “Vocal for Local” by giving a platform to local companies to highlight Assam‘s handicrafts and tea in the exhibition.



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