Thursday, October 04, 2007

Sikkim invites Thai investors

Bangkok,Oct 4 – Sikkim Agriculture Minister Somnath Poudyal on Monday invited Thai investors to invest in infrastructure,floriculture and hospitality sector in the State. Mr.Poudyal, who is presently at Bangkok to encourage investors from the South East Asian countries, has invited investors to come visit the State before making investments. “It is the right time to forge a partnership between Thailand and Sikkim for common interest,’’ Agriculture minister said at the inaugural function of the ‘North East Indian Investment Opportunities Week’ at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok, according to a press release here. The three-day business conclave, initiated by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and the Indian Chamber of Commerce were attended by DoNER Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar and Chief Ministers of five Northeastern states and three cabinet ministers representing their states.
The governments of Sikkim, Meghalaya and Mizoram — rich in orchids — signed agreements with the Horticulture Research Institute of Thailand for training and capacity-building, tissue culturing, greenhouse technology, planting material and packaging of both cymbidium and dendrobium orchids.
Sikkim is now scouting for Thai partners for its proposed casino in a five-star hotel
Thailand’s Commerce Minister Krirk-Krai Jirapaet inaugurated the “North East Trade and Investment Opportunities Week.”
On Tuesday, Mr. Aiyar delivered the keynote address at a function organised by the United Nations offices in Bangkok to mark the first-ever International Day of Non-Violence.
A sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled.