Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Sikkim Handicrafts @ Bangkok Trade Meet

Bangkok, Oct 2 (ANI): Most of the small entrepreneurs from different parts of the North East States, who have come to participate in the "North East India Trade and Investment Opportunities Week" in Bangkok, have welcomed the initiative to expose the region to the outside world for investment.
The entrepreneurs said that if Thailand could make big progress in a span of three decades, then the North East region, which is full of natural resources and human potentialities, could also bring such rapid changes.
With this belief Ghotoli Suu Sema, a small time entrepreneur from Dimapur in Nagaland has come to Thailand. She has brought traditional Naga dresses and handicrafts to the Thai capital.
"Since there have been peaceful atmosphere for a decade we have seen a lot of development even at the village level," said Suu Sema, adding, "People of Nagaland are hardworking...I think varieties we are catering to the market are very exciting for outsiders."
She has brought around fifteen people with her to showcase her range of products to Thai people and business leaders.
Santi, a Thai visitor to the North Eastern stalls was quite impressed by the range of products displayed. He however felt sad that these things he could not buy them in Thailand.
"Thai people like these products especially shirt, shawl and handbags. Price is not expensive," said Santi, who wants to visit North East.
Okenda Tayang, a tour operator from Arunachal Pradesh, who runs Abor Country Travels and Expeditions, feels that Indian leaders and business delegation should learn from Thai experience. He wonders why we can't do the things the way Thais are doing.
"For every kind of development you need infrastructure in terms of good road or good electricity. Something that we have to learn, out leaders and dignitaries should pick up from them", emphasizes Tayang.
Even the tiny state like Sikkim has sent a sizable delegation. It is trying to promote itself in a big way.
" We have come here to interact with the investor and businessmen so that we can sell our products and also gain some experience, have some idea and knowledge of some other people also", said Namrta Thapa one of the government officials associated with the Handicrafts & Handloom directorate of Sikkim. Ten thankas (Buddhist painting) from Sikkim are at display in "Northeast Investor Opportunity Week" exhibition center,Bangkok, Thailand, from day one. "We are also displaying ten Buddhist paintings, handmade Lepcha carpet adorned with seven rainbow colours, round wooden decoration carved table, cardamom pouch, cotton kurta, laptop bags, handmade purse, wallet and other items in the fair," Ms Namrata Thapa, director of state handcrafts and handlooms department, said
Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur are also attending the meet.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio sounded quite optimistic about the whole event. "Something good will come out" he said talking to ANI.
In fact, Nagaland has sent the largest delegation to the event with a contingent of entrepreneurs and musicians.
Investment week is a follow up of the Third North East business Summit held in Delhi, which was attended by over 1000 delegates from India and abroad. (ANI)