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Global Investors Summit to be held in Assam in February, 2018
The Assam BJP-led state government is organizing a global investors summit in Guwahati on February 3 and 4 next year in a bid to boost investment in the state which is yet to keep pace with some other states of the country in terms of investment as well as industrialization.

Organizing such a summit in Assam is undoubtedly a new move which could be looked upon from different perspectives. In order to make the summit a success, the state chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, during his recent two-day visit to Mumbai on November 30 last, met a group of leading industrialists of the country calling upon them to come and invest in the state. The chief minister also invited the industrialists to participate in the upcoming investors' summit which is likely to be attended by a large number of investors from around the globe.

In addition to this, the chief minister, on the same day, met a group of prominent film producers and directors from Bollywood hailing them to make or shoot films in Assam.

In the meanwhile, the Sonowal government has also announced a comprehensive scheme to help filmmakers from outside the state by providing them financial assistance.

The state tourism sector, which is another potential growth catalyst, has finally caught the government's attention. The state tourism department has engaged Bollywood actress Priynaka Chopra as its brand ambassador. The brand ambassador has reportedly announced that she would be making a film with its theme covering Assam.

Assam, an India state in the Northeast, occupies an important place on the world tourism map, as it is a state which is rich in flora and fauna besides also having a number of world heritage sites. Thus, every year a large number of tourists both domestic and foreign visit the state. Kazirnagna National Park which houses the world famous one-horned rhino is seen as prime attraction for a majority od tourists who visit the state.

Majuli, which was recently been upgraded into an administrative district, is the largest human inhibited river island of the world and could attract tourists.

Likewise, Shaktipith Kamakhya temple; Umananda, the smallest human inhabited river island of the world; Manas National Park; Orang National Park, among others could also draw attention of tourists.

The state, embellished with rivers and hills, as experts have opined, still needs more attention from stakeholders to transform itself into a tourism hub. Some potential tourist locations like the scenic place in Dima Hasao district, a hilly area connected with other parts of the state including the capital city Guwahati with rail and road, need wide publicity for transforming themselves as tourist attractions.

The upcoming investors summit is being considered as a move towards right direction by many. However, various quarters including the opposition Congress have been critical of the summit. It can be conceded that unlike some developed states of the country, Assam is yet to get succor from the unemployment problem. The latest government data reveals that the state has more than 15 lakh unemployed youth both skilled and unskilled.

Boosting investment, as some experts believe, is one of the ways to tackle unemployment. However, better connectivity especially road, rail and air is most essential instrument for investment generation for a particular place in this era of stiff competition. In order to boost air connectivity, a major private airliner recently has opened regular service connecting the state's capital with some major cities and towns in the state.

Besides this, the Sonowal government has, reportedly, taken steps to upgrade the Borjhar, Guwahati-based Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoli International Airport (LGBI) into a functional international airport in the proper sense of the term. The LGBI airport, named after the first chief minister of the state late Gopinath Bordoli, till today has served as a domestic airport despite the fact that it has international status.

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