Tawang: At the Tenth Anniversary of the North East Leaders Connect meet in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh held on October 31 and November 1, the core members adopt the ‘Tawang Declaration’. The declaration reads as follows:
“North East Leaders Connect believes that North East India is endowed with tremendous natural beauty and geo-strategic importance. The region has inherent potential particularly in the fields of tourism, organic agriculture, horticulture, food processing, handicrafts, music, sports and IT enabled services. It is important to harness the region’s abundant natural resources in a sustainable and scientific manner, while keeping the local ecology in mind. Achieving this goal will ensure a stronger, resilient and progressive India.”
Guided by the principal understanding that the youth are the future and key to ensuring any sustainable intervention, North East Leaders Connect shall continue to bring together various young minds and leaders. They will be provided a platform to network, be mentored and collaborate towards building a vibrant, dynamic and cohesive North East.
The founding members of NELC are as follows:
Kiren Rijiju, Hon’ble Union Minister of Law and Justice, Pema Khandu, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh, Conrad Sangma, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Meghalaya, Gaurav Gogoi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, India, Mmhonlumo Kikon, MLA and Advisor Government of Nagaland (Information Technology and Communication, New & Renewable Energy, Science & Technology), R.K Imo Singh, Member of Manipur Legislative Assembly, Ms. Sushmita Dev, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, India, Bhaichung Bhutia, Chair, Leaders Connect & India Football Icon, Abu Metha, Advisor to Hon’ble Chief Minister, Nagaland and Associate Vice-President of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), Dr. Lalrin Tluanga Jahau, Founder, Zoram Mega Food Pvt. Ltd., G. Gaichanglungliu Kamei, IRS, Commissioner of Income Tax, Hekani Jakhalu, Chair & Founder, YouthNet, Jarpum Gamlin, Founding Editor/Publisher, Eastern Sentinel, Karma Paljor, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, EastMojo, Bjorn De Niese, Advisor Mayfair Hotels & Director Right Clique Hospitality, Larsing Ming Sawyan, Managing Director, Centre Point Group Enterprise, Lezo Putsure, Founder & Director Edu Center Pvt Ltd., Tanushree Hazarika, Founder, EastMojo, Tattva Creations & Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival.
‘North East Leaders Connect’ is an influential and dynamic community and network of like-minded leaders and achievers from North-East India. The members include policymakers, business innovators, journalists, social entrepreneurs, educators, healthcare experts, sports personalities, development practitioners and more.
The vision of North East Leaders Connect is ‘to act as a catalyst for the promotion of a vibrant and robust economy, good governance, sustaining the ecology, and preserving our cultural identity to engage our youth and communities in the North-East’.