Saharia does Assam & NE proud on I-Day eve
As India gears up to celebrate its 63rd independence day and Assam yet another bandh day to be spent in front of the television set,an Assamese has brought honour to the country by being nominated as the presidential friend of Indonesia – the only Indian to hold this post. Mr. Mahesh Kumar Saharia – the Chairman of the Indian Chamber of Commerce (North East Initiative) – has made Assam and North East India proud by being the only Indian to have been invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia to attend the Indonesian Independence Proclamation Commemoration as Presidential Friends of Indonesia.
The Indonesian Independence Proclamation Commemoration recognizes 24 scholars’ from16 countries for their outstanding work in multiple sectors of networking particularly with South East and South Asia, including Indonesia. The conference will take place between 15-21 August, and its itinerary will include invitations to formal Indonesia Independence Day celebrations on 17 August. Saharia belongs to the illustrious tea planter family of Dibrugarh, Assam.
India and Indonesia have historic ties which date back to centuries. A stable democracy is now in place in Indonesia after a very long time and the country has now been able to achieve one of the highest growth rates in the world, right next to China and India. Both India and Indonesia provide great scope for synergy in different areas of economy besides sharing cultural and historical affinity.
Saharia will attend the Indonesian Independence Day ceremony as the guest of honour at the Istana Mardeka or State Place, besides holding discussions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, the Indonesian Chmber of Commerce, scholars of the Universitas Indonesia and the famous Gadjah Mada Universitas on various subjects, including Democracy – its challenges and prospects, economic development amidst the world recession, and the like.
Thanks to Saharia, the ICC is now taking a lot of proactive steps to build on the country and Northeast India’s affinity with the South east Asian countries. The last two NE Business Summits have been able to attract practically all the Ambassadors and High Commissioners of these Countries to the Northeast and the same has now started paying rich dividends.