Manipur Chief Minsiter N Biren Singh suggested for a joint promotion of the two biggest state festivals of the two states- the “Manipur Sangai festival” and the “Nagaland Hornbill Festival” which is held in the first 10 days of December to make an attempt to evolve a concrete collaborative mechanism. Chief minister was addressing the gathering as the chief guest in the ongoing Hornbill at Kisama .
Biren Singh also extended his warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Nagaland as the State also celebrates 54 years of Statehood coinciding with the festival.
Biren said that there was so much that connects the two states of Manipur and Nagaland and its people based on their shared history and close cultural affinities. He further said that the two states must build the foundation upon which the people and institutions of the two states can collaborate and cooperate with a strong sense of common purpose adding shared prosperity and collective gains can result only from shared vision and collective action.
There are many untapped opportunities which Manipur and Nagaland as neighbours’ should jointly leverage to unlock the full potential of our two states and fulfill the aspiration of our people especially that of the youth the Chief Minister stated. He also said that the North eastern region in general synergetic and coordinated vision and relationships would be critical in realizing the benefits of the Act East policy of India.
Citing the fiercest and deciding battles of the 2nd world war which were fought in Imphal and Kohima, Biren said that the collaboration efforts of the Governments with entrepreneurs, historians and enthusiast to develop a tourism circuit in this wide area should be supported not only for promoting tourism but for preserving the history and relics of those forgotten battles of world war II.
The CM also said that the two states could make something together even in the area of sports citing that both the states could be able to produce the sports persons even in the international arena. He further said that there is a need for extensive and meaningful people to people interactions and between institutions for collaboration and partnership in the area of entrepreneurship, skill development, commerce, arts, culture, films and theatre.