Vietnam Is All Set To Host North East India Festival With Sessions On Tourism, Business, Trade & More

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Vietnam Is All Set To Host North East India Festival With Sessions On Tourism, Business, Trade & More

With an aim to promote Act East Policy, Vietnam is all set to host the North East India Festival (NEIF). Stakeholders from Vietnam and India will have talks on bilateral trade and tourism on Friday as part of this three-day festival. According to NEIF’s Chief Organiser, Shyamkanu Mahanta, the Consul General of India, Madan Mohan Sethi, would host the festival’s opening session in its third iteration. The festival will be held from October 27 to October 29, 2023.  

Vietnam Is All Set To Host North East India Festival

According to Mahanta, the festival, which is taking place at 23rd September Park in Vietnam, aims to strengthen commercial, artistic, and cultural connections between Vietnam and India. The Consul General of India said that the festival encompasses a wide range of events, such as sessions on academics, trade, and tourism. 

This will make it easier for Vietnam and India to collaborate academically and commercially. In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Act East Policy, this event represents the joint efforts to build a connection between North East India and Vietnam through trade, tourism, and people-to-people interactions, Sethi remarked. 

According to Mahanta, the festival, which is being organized in association with the Ministry of External Affairs, aims to advance the Act East Policy with a concentration on trade, tourism, and academic and cultural exchanges. The ministry responsible for the development of the North Eastern Region (DONER) will arrange a tourism conference and serve as a bridge between tour operators in North East India and Vietnam. (As per Hindustan Times)

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People-To-People Exchange Meeting

Invest India will also host a trade conference to promote the Northeast as a desirable location for travel, business, and bilateral commerce. According to Mahanta, a people-to-people exchange meeting would also be arranged to provide a forum for academics, historians, and researchers from North East India to interact with their Vietnamese counterparts.

With the strong backing of the Indian government, NEIF has effectively opened up new vistas in India’s connection with Southeast Asia, Mahanta added. He said that the country’s largest event in Southeast Asia was organized with the resounding cooperation of the state governments in the North East, which also helped put Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Act East Policy vision into practice.

‘Incredible India’ locations, textiles, state-specific exhibition zones representing various Northeastern states, and the tea industry are just a few of the exhibitions that will be held during the festival. (As per Hindustan Times)

Cultural Acts, Folk Dances And More

 A variety of cultural acts, such as vibrant folk dances from Northeast India, rock bands from both nations and fashion presentations by local designers, will be included in the event’s entertainment lineup.

Among those showcasing their pieces are renowned designers Sanghamitra Phukan, Bidyut-Rakesh, Manjushree Saikia, Yana Ngoba, Hasina Kharbih, and Iba Mallai. Models from Vietnam will participate in the fashion event, according to Mahanta.

On this occasion, there will also be musical performances by the prominent band from Meghalaya called “Summersalt,”. This also includes TaFMA (Task Force for Music and Arts) from Nagaland.  The Fantastic Company (TFS), Bright Lights, guitar prodigy Imnainla Jamir, Trance Effect, and K L Pamei. will also be performing. (As per Hindustan Times)

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