Bangkok: The second edition of the North-East India Festival is being organized from July 29 – 31 at Central World, Bangkok, by the Embassy of India in association with Trend MMS of India.
The focus of this year’s Festival will be on trade, investment and tourism promotion and exchanges in the field of culture, education and people-to-people connect.
India’s north east region comprises the eight states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. The first edition of the North-East India Festival was held in Bangkok in February 2019, which opened up substantial business opportunities for North-East Indian business community especially in the tourism, agro and food processing sectors.
The three-day event will be inaugurated at Hotel Centara Grand, Bangkok on July 29 evening, which will be an-invitation only event.
Minister of State for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh will be the Chief Guest at the Festival.
The Festival will also witness participation of Chief Ministers and other Ministers from North-Eastern States of India along with senior Government officials. Senior dignitaries from Thailand are also expected to grace the inauguration and attend the Festival. A large contingent of artistes including musicians and dancers, craftsmen, business-persons/exhibitors, tour operators and academicians from the North-Eastern States are expected to travel to Bangkok to participate in this Festival, hold B2B meetings and academic exchanges.
During the Festival, an exhibition showcasing a wide range of products manufactured by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises from the North-Eastern States of India in sectors including agri-products, processed food, handicrafts, light manufacturing will also be organised.
To enhance awareness on tourism, trade and investment opportunities in North-Eastern States of India, Tourism B2B Meet and Trade Meet will be organised on July 30.
An academic seminar on historical connect between North-East India and South East Asia, which will include interactions between scholars, historians, students from North-East India and students, scholars, historians of South East Asia, will be organised on July 31 as part of people-to-people exchange, an embassy statement said.
In addition, some of the best of dance forms from North-Eastern India will be presented by troupes sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) during July 30 and 31 at Zone B and Zone C of Central World, Bangkok.
The Festival is a fitting tribute to the on-going 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Thailand.