Bangladesh and Vietnam have confirmed participation at eXcellerate Northeast  Summit, scheduled to be held from September 13 to 15 at the Maniram Dewan Trade Centre in Guwahati.

The biggest business event of northeast is based on the theme ‘North East- Gateway to neighbouring & ASEAN Countries‘ will showcase the unstinted opportunities for business, trade, investment and tourism in the region.

The three-day summit includes networking sessions, knowledge sessions and award ceremony to felicitate the powerful MSMEs from northeast, or companies from the mainland operating in the region.

The eXcellerate North East Summit is being organized by Indian Importers Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IICCI) in association with SMBConnect.

The Summit will be inaugurated by a Central Minister of Government of India in the presence of Chief Ministers of Northeastern states, the organisers said.

The two-day summit and three days of expo will provide an incredible platform for business owners, especially MSMEs from across India, northeast and also from ASEAN and neighbouring countries to learn, share and network with each other.

“Northeast is the gateway for India to trade with Southeast Asian countries. The region possesses immense potential in strengthening India’s relations with South Asian countries and organizations like ASEAN,” Atul Kumar Saxena, president of IICCI, said.

However, the potential of northeast India states is still to be discovered and understood by major players in the region, Saxena said.

As the focus of eXcellerate North East Summit is on highlighting the tremendous potential of the northeast, the response from foreign missions to support and participate is overwhelming, the organizers said.

Explaining the benefits of attending the summit, Sandipan Ray, the founder of SMBConnect said, “The eXcellerate North East Summit will be beneficial for everyone. And, it is going to be the can’t-miss event for people interested in doing business with the northeast, ASEAN & the neighbouring countries.”

Emphasizing on the peerless beauty of northeast, Sir John Martin, chairman of eXcellerate North East Summit said, “Tourism is an untapped field in the northeast. Cooperation with ASEAN countries in the tourism industry can accelerate economic development of the region, and enhance India-ASEAN relations.”

Sir John Martin said the summit will play a pivotal role to strengthen the cultural ties between the countries. “We expect good participation and support from all the northeast India states,” he said.

The summit will host over 300 delegates, and over 100 of them will be international business delegates.

“Providing opportunity to the delegates to meet and network will be a major focus of the summit,” Raj K Pathak, convenor,eXcellerate North East Summit, said.

The expo will have 120 built up stalls of 9 sq meter size with focus on MSMEs and start-ups. “We are getting good responses from potential exhibitors already which is absolutely heartening,” Pathak said

The Indian Importers Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IICCI) is a non-profit body, and work closely with the ministries of Commerce, Finance, Reserve Bank of India and Ministry of External Affairs.

SMBConnect is India’s largest integrated solution platform which focuses on strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystem and building entrepreneurial community in India.

Its mission is to help build supportive communities by connecting MSMEs and entrepreneurs, providing advisory solutions, leveraging training programs and sharing the experiences of other businesses.

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