Imphal city is all set to host the eighth edition of the Young Leaders Connect (YLC) of the North East Leaders Connect on Friday under the theme, "Northeast India 2030: Towards India's Innovative and Sustainable Growth" at City Convention, Imphal.
Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju; Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh; Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu will be the chair, chief patron and co-chair respectively of the connect.
Addressing the press at Hotel Classic Grande, Imphal East on Thursday, founder and chair of Youth Net Hekani Jakhalu Kense said YAC is a platform where young change makers and leaders can share their ideas and experiences in order to visualise where they would like to see Northeast vis-a-vis India in the future, plan a roadmap, and strategize on interventions at the grassroots and policy level.
She said that the conclave will facilitate discussions, bringing together policymakers, stakeholders, industry leaders, civil society, academia, and young leaders to deliberate, identify and find a collective response to strengthen partnerships for inclusive growth and development.
The 8th edition of the YLC will seek to converge and design reforms and strategic ties that will reshape the economies of the region, she said, adding it will connect economies, cultures and companies, and explore ways to help businesses and people to excel, align with what the communities are currently building and connect with their aspirations.
Stating that the abundant resources of the North East region should be tapped strategically, she pointed out that by leveraging the inherent potential of the region, North East India has the potential to unleash new economic possibilities.
According to the North East Leaders Connect, the YLC will be based on four main pillars which includes assessing the current landscape of growth and development in Northeast India in the context and the impact unfolded throughout the pandemic.
It also includes identifying the essential industry areas, the key growth sectors and connecting the country, regional and state priorities for employment generation and to explore the role of the states, industries in the Northeast region and how to pivot attention and investment into the emerging sectors and intensify economic-cooperation.
It also includes recommending a bold set of action plans that will build the strengths and address the gaps.