Asian Confluence Hosts Third India Japan Conclave on North East India and the neighborhood in Agartala


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Shabari Chaudhuri
The Asian Confluence, a premier Think tank based headquartered in Shillong, India will be hosting the  Third India Japan Intellectual Conclave on the theme of ‘’ North East India, Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal in the Indo Pacific: Building Partnerships: The Way Forward” at Agartala on April 11 and 12 2023. 
The  prestigious conclave is expected to be innaugurated by Hon CM Dr. Manik Saha and is dedicated to the development of NER region . It is being held in collaboration with Embassy of Japan, New Delhi, Ministry of External Affairs, North Eastern Council (Ministry of DONER) and being supported by Government of Tripura. The conclave  will bring together a galaxy of senior policymakers, diplomats, businesses and academic institutions  to make an assessment on the topic of North-East India, and Bangladesh connectivity multimodal connectivity in the context of India-Japan collaboration in the Bay of Bengal region with a special focus on Tripura and the adjoining North East states  as a connectivity hub of the future . 
Union Minister  DONER G.Kishan Reddy, Minister of State for External Affairs Shri Raj Kumar Ranjan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Bangladesh H.E. Shahriar Alam, Minister , H.E Hiroshi Suzuki, Ambassador of Japan in India and Industries Minister of Tripura  will be present.  The Shipping Minister of Bangladesh, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury will be giving a valedictory address. The conclave is being attended by  senior serving officials  from India, Japan and  Bangladesh which includes Moses Chalai, Secretary North Eastern Council, Dr. Sumith Seth Joint Secretary in MEA, Dr. Ashok Chawla,  Advisor Japan, MEA, Smita Pant, Joint Secretary Bangladesh Myanmar,   Amb. Shahidul Haque, former foreign secretary of Bangladesh, H.E. Md. Mustafizur Rahman, High Commissioner of Bangladesh in India, Mr. Nahim Razzaq, Member of Parliament, Bangladesh,  and Mr. Machida Deputy Chief of Japan Embassy in Bangladesh.     Amb. Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa , former Amb to Japan, Amb Riva Ganguly Das, former High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh, Amb. Rajiv Bhatia former Ambassador to Myanmar, and Ajay Sethi CEO of Investment firm ASA associates , all members of Asian Confluence governing council will be conducting the various sessions of this prestigious  dialogue.  Major agencies, corporations such as the  Chief Representatives of Japanese development agencies  JICA, JETRO from India and Bangladesh, Sumitomo Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, JBICC, Asian Development Bank heads in India and Bangladesh along with think tank /academic institutes  from Cannon Institute Japan, , India Foundation, Tripura University, North Eastern Hill University, Mizoram University and the Chief Information Officer of Assam Shri Samudra Gupta Kashyap will be present with officials and academia from Tripura. 
The proceedings will be live cast on Asian Confluence facebook and Youtube pages (Asianconfluence) on the first day and the valedictory session and the second day will also feature strictly closed door sessions. We hope that the discussion will lead to meaningful ideas that can be taken forward by the respective governments and ideated further in the academic community said Sri Sabyasachi Dutta Executive Director of Asian Confluence.