Investment, Air connectivity, Trade talks on day two of 3rd North East India Festival in Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh, October 28: The 3rd North East India Festival, a three-day extravaganza, commenced on October 27 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, marking a significant milestone in cultural diplomacy and bilateral collaboration. The second day of the festival upheld the high spirits and enthusiasm witnessed on the inaugural day, featuring enriching discussions and captivating cultural performances. This dynamic event brought together eminent figures from India and Vietnam, including chief ministers, union ministers, and enterprising individuals, to engage in constructive dialogues on education, trade, and cultural awareness. The festival’s cultural showcases left the audience spellbound, reaffirming the power of art in nurturing connections between nations.

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The second day kicked off with The Tourism Meet, which welcomed 52 tour operators from Vietnam and 20 tour operators from North East India. The event showcased presentations highlighting the tourism potential of North East India, featuring insights from notable speakers. Discussions on deluxe hotels further highlighted the hospitality industry’s growth in the area.

Mr. Anil Oraw, Regional Director, Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India, emphasised the potential for bilateral tourism and trade, stating, “We aim to introduce Vietnamese tour operators to the wonders of India. This mutual exchange will not only enrich cultural understanding but also stimulate tourism and trade business.” Adding further, Mr Dinh Vinh Cuong, Director, Vietnam International Entrepreneurs Networking Club said, “We are initiating direct flight routes between Vietnam and North East India. I’ve had productive discussions with Shyamkanu Mahanta, and I’m pleased to share that I will be leading a delegation of 22 investors to explore opportunities in North East India in the upcoming months.”

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The subsequent Investment and Trade Session saw active participation from 30 companies representing North East India and 80 Vietnamese companies. Presentations covered a wide spectrum of trade and investment opportunities, from trade and investment relationships to prospects in sectors like agriculture, handloom, handicrafts, and more, between Vietnam and India, highlighting the advantages of the Northeast region. These discussions were instrumental in promoting business collaborations and investment opportunities. The People-to-People Exchange Meet offered insightful discussions on the historical connections between North East India and Vietnam, shedding light on academic exchange opportunities. Esteemed representatives from educational institutions in both nations, shared their perspectives, emphasizing the importance of cross-cultural learning.

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Mr. Shyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser of the North East India Festival said, ‘The response so far has been wonderful. The inaugural day witnessed the presence of leaders from various provinces in Vietnam, engaging in fruitful negotiations. Today’s trade and tourism discussions with Vietnamese industries, facilitated by DoNER Ministry India and Invest India, have been highly productive. This programme marks India’s largest initiative in Vietnam to date. I am delighted that North East India has led the way in showcasing Vietnam as a destination and championing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Act East policy. We are optimistic that this endeavour will not only create meaningful connections between our nations but also result in substantial and strategic outcomes in the world of education, culture, and trade. We greatly appreciate the support extended by Vietnam’s stakeholders, local communities, and our representatives from India.” Dr. Madan Mohan Sethi, Consul General of India in HCMC, reflected on the event, stating, ‘The North East India Festival serves as a bridge of cultural and economic collaboration between our nations. It is heartening to witness the spirit of partnership and exchange that this festival embodies.’

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The festival also featured the Incredible India Exhibition, which showcased the incredible destinations of India, including a dedicated textile zone, state-specific exhibition zones representing various northeastern states, and themes related to the Act East Policy, tea, industry, and tourism. Attendees had the opportunity to savour the delicacies of the North Eastern states. The event was enriched with captivating folk performances from North East India, including Bagurumba (Boro), Bhortaal (Assam), Drum Ensemble & flute (Meghalaya), Tiwa Dance (Assam), Mwsaglangnai (Boro), Bihu dance (Assam), Mishing (Assam), Daosri Delai (Boro), Drum Beating (Meghalaya), and Jarapagla (Boro).

Adding to the vivacious atmosphere, live music performances by the Summersalt India band, Imnainla Solo, Trance Effect, BABA, KL Pamei, and The Fantastic Company delivered a vibrant and immersive experience. Renowned designers from the North East region, including Sanghamitra Phukan under the label “Sanghamitra”, Iba Mallai of “Kiniho”, Hasina Kharbhih under the brand “Impulse Empower”, and Yana Ngopa Chakpu under the label “Style”, showcased their creations on models of Vietnamese origin, creating a fusion of styles that celebrated the rich fabric of cultures. DJ Cyco ensured that the energy levels remained at their peak with a pulsating selection of beats.

The three-day festival will culminate on October 29th, promising an exciting finale to this cultural extravaganza.

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