France expressed interest in exploring opportunities for collaboration in tourism and other potential sectors in the northeast region and Jammu and Kashmir. This is what the French Ambassador to India, Emmanuel Lenain, said when he called on Friday the Union Minister responsible for the development of the North-East region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh, according to an official press release.
Mr. Singh also discussed with him various potential projects in the northeastern states.
The Ambassador conveyed to the Union Minister the French government’s desire to explore avenues and opportunities for collaboration in different sectors of the northeastern states as well as tourism and other potentials in Jammu-et- Cashmere, the statement said.
Mr Lenain recalled fond memories of his visit to the Kashmir Valley earlier this year with a group of ambassadors.
The Minister clarified various sectors in which, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, collaborative initiatives have been undertaken in the North East. He referred to the Citrus Fruit Park Center of Excellence set up in Mizoram with Israeli collaboration and Japanese collaboration in some of the infrastructure projects.
Mr Singh said there were large areas of unexplored potential in the northeast waiting to be explored. These, he said, include tourism, handicrafts, handcraft as well as the food and fruit sectors.
The Minister said that the Prime Minister not only placed special emphasis on the development of the northeast region, but also reoriented the “Look East” policy towards the “Act-East” policy and took a number of measures. to increase engagement with Eastern European countries. limits.
He also mentioned the Indo-Bangladeshi Enclave Exchange Agreement, which was finalized with the personal intervention of the Prime Minister and also his initiative to amend the 100-year-old Indian Forest Law to promote bamboo products and their trade, the statement said. .