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India plans SAARC meet for startups to promote interaction: Nirmala

She said the event wold act as a platform for exchange of ideas, would be mutually beneficial

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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is planning to organise a meet of of the South Asian region for the exchange of new ideas and promoting interaction among them.

Commerce and Industry Minister also sought views of Indian to hold this programme.

"I will be working towards having a (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) country meet for There are so many complementarities among us in the South Asian region," she said while launching a startup hub portal here.

She said the event can act as a platform for exchanging which can be mutually beneficial and can be worked out.

She asked startups to give ideas about the people who can be invited for the meet.

If the ministry gets feedback and suggestions in the next couple of months, by December the meet can happen in which country startups can come to and share ideas.

members are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, and

Further, to promote the startup ecosystem in the country, Sitharaman would write to all the Member of Parliaments to help budding entrepreneurs.

Citing an example, the minister said she used her Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund to create a co-working space for startups in Mangalore.

"I will write to all the MPs...(particularly) in districts where people are approaching their MPs asking for space and where there is a demand of startups," he added.

The ministry is also planning to work in certain districts to identify schools and help them qualify to get tinkering labs under the Atal Innovation Mission.

She added that the ministry is working on modalities to facilitate the exchange of ideas between startups of India and Germany.

First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 18:33 IST