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India, Indonesia explore potential of cooperation between Sumatera Islands and Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Press Trust of India  |  Jakarta 

and today organised an investment forum where they explored the potential of cooperation and discussed ways to enhance business connectivity between and and Nicobar Islands, as a follow up action after Narendra Modi's visit here in May.

During his first visit to Indonesia, Modi and had underlined the importance of stronger connectivity, particularly on sea links, in order to facilitate economic cooperation and people-to-people contact between two maritime neighbours.

The Investment Forum (IIIF) in Banda was attended by Indian and officials of and and members companies of Chamber of Commerce representing sectors like energy, construction, trade in and tourism, said a statement issued by the here.

"The IIIF explored the potential of cooperation and to enhance business connectivity between the Provinces in of and of India," it said.

The event was jointly organised by along with the (PADA) of the of Indonesia, and Provincial Government of &

Indian companies like GVK Group, Hospitals and also made presentations on their capacities to execute projects in the airport Infrastructure, hospital and Healthcare, IT training.

The Indonesian team was led by Dr. Siswo Pramono, LL.M, of PADA of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who gave an overall perspective on strengthening island connectivity between and Indonesia.

Presentations from the Indonesian side were made by of Sabang Free Trade Zone, of KADIN and of Micro, and Creative Economy of KADIN.

of of welcomed the Indian firms and gave them an overall outline on the opportunities for economic cooperation that can be developed between and Andaman-Nicobar, namely tourism, especially cruise tourism and eco-tourism; air transport connectivity and to facilitate trade between the two sides.

He also underscored that development of was a top priority for their government and the authorities would facilitate Indian investments in the region and trade relations with India.

Director of Tourism, Andaman and Nicobar, said that Indian companies are exploring options to enhance elements of holistic development in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, including key infrastructure projects, digital connectivity, green energy, desalination plants, waste management, promotion of fisheries, and tourism-based projects.

Modi and Widodo had welcomed the plan to build connectivity between Andaman Nicobar and Aceh to unleash the economic potentials of both areas.

"The visit of the Indian delegation to Banda Aceh and the India Indonesia Investment Forum was guided by the shared vision of Prime Minister Modi and and is aimed to implement the understanding," the statement added.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 18:35 IST