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Assam industries and commerce minister Chandra Mohan Patowary on Monday interacted with 11 companies of Singapore through a webinar at Janata Bhawan in Guwahati.

Chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna and commissioner and secretary Dr K K Dwivedi also attended the webinar.

The webinar was co-ordinated and facilitated by Enterprise Singapore and Invest India.

Enterprise Singapore is a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore.

The webinar was moderated by SabrinaHo, regional director of Enterprise Singapore.

The companies included representatives from Advanced Produce Centre Development Pvt Ltd (APC), Agrocorp, Capita Land (Ascott), Nanyang Polytechnic, Skill SG Venture (SSGV), ALLIN Technologies, etc.

The Singapore-based companies expressed their interest to invest in Assam in areas like food processing, hospitality sector, infrastructure development, industrial town development, start-ups, airline catering, skill training, organic farming and marketing.

“Singapore can be a model for accelerated growth in industry, trade and commerce and education sectors in the state,” said Patowary.

He added that Assam Government has tied up ITE Education Service, Singapore for setting up of a Skill University at a cost of Rs. 850 crores at Darrang, Assam.

Highlighting Assam’s locational advantage as the gateway to South East Asian region, Patowary further said Assam offers the perfect launch pad for marketing of goods, products and services encompassing 80 million population in the South East Asian Region.

Chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna said that historical legacy, policy framework, locational advantage and robust infrastructure are prerequisites for any investment.

He cited the instances of the 150 year old glorious tea industry and Asia’s first refinery at Digboi.

He deliberated on the State’s key economic components like oil and natural gas, energy, food processing, agriculture and highlighted the Compound Annual Growth Rate of 12 per cent of Assam in the last five years.

Dr K K Dwivedi made a brief presentation highlighting the potentialities and opportunities of industry and business in Assam.

He assured that a dedicated team of officers will extend all logistical and infrastructural support for enabling the companies to set up business in Assam.

Commissioner Oinam Sarankumar Singh, secretaries Manjula Saikia Bhuyan and Pabitra Khaund and other senior officials were present in the webinar.

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