"We are keen to start flights to ASEAN countries and we also request these countries to do the same to the region," Sonowal said at a plenary session on North East India and ties with ASEAN and BBN countries, at the Global Investors Summit here.
"There is scepticism from some quarters that it will not be viable in the short-run, but we are sure it will be in the long-run and transform the economy of the region," he said.
He also urged ASEAN countries to set up consulates in Guwahati, which besides boosting economic ties, will also help in promoting cultural relations.
The Centre was exploring possibilities of initiating work on the ASEAN Trilateral Motor Work, which will transform the economic scenario of the region, the CM said.
ADB has Rs 7,000 crore in investments in Assam and is a key to integrating the state with ASEAN countries by preparing a vision and strategy suitable for the South East Asia markets.
The areas where Assam can increase ties with the ASEAN countries were agriculture, agro-processing, services sector, tourism and information technology, he said.
"Cooperation and collaboration can do wonders as is evident from the state-of-the-art skill development centre set up by Singapore here, which has helped our youth extensively," he said.
The CM said Assam had extensive economic collaboration with Myanmar, Bangladesh and other countries of the region before independence but after 1947, transport linkages were snapped, resulting in "economic stagnation and social strife".
"Now with the Act East Policy, increased ties with South East Asian countries will lead to a vibrant Assam," he added.
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