Energising Connectivity between Northeast India and its Neighbours
Anbumozhi, Venkatachalam; Kutani, Ichiro; Lama, Mahendra P. | March 2019
Policymakers and academics alike are growing increasingly interested in strengthening economic connections between the North Eastern Region of India (NER) and major economic centres in South and Southeast Asia. The NER comprises eight contiguous states: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura. There are several critical and strategic advantages to this region participating jointly in the development of its neighbours, specifically Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Nepal. These adjoining countries, along with the rest of India, are amongst the most dynamic in Asia and have very impressive rates of socioeconomic development. The advantages of economic integration amongst these countries stem from politico-historical linkages, geographical proximity, socio-cultural cohesiveness, economic complementarities, and scope for further economic integration with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China. However, the progress of trade and investment as well as industrial development in the NER has been relatively limited by various infrastructure bottlenecks, policy misalignments, and information gaps. Energy sector development will be a major means of integrating the NER with the economic centres in neighbouring South and Southeast Asian countries. Lower tariffs and more reliable supplies are very distinct incentives for countries like Bangladesh, India, and Myanmar to import power from Bhutan and Nepal. The NER could play a three-dimensional role in sub regional energy security.
CitationAnbumozhi, Venkatachalam; Kutani, Ichiro; Lama, Mahendra P.. 2019. Energising Connectivity between Northeast India and its Neighbours. © Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/9804.
Energy Development Finance
Health Care Cost Control
Health Care Access
World Trade Organization
Regional development bank
Supply and demand
Regional trading blocs
Foreign trade and employment
Foreign trade regulation
Industrial relationsShow allCollapse