India's growth story needs to be inclusive in order to make the country socially and economically sustainable. This inclusive growth can be driven when all regions of the country are connected. The country's northeast region blessed with abundant natural resources has always borne the potential for industrial growth and social development. But with a comparatively slower pace of industrialization and socio-economic growth, the region has not been utilised to it’s full potential.

Northeast, with its strategic location, access to traditional domestic market of eastern India, proximity to major states in the east and adjacent countries like Bangladesh and Myanmar is also a vantage entry point for South East Asian markets. Northeast can be turned into India’s most prosperous regions with it’s bounty of natural resources, huge talent pool, investment-friendly environment and a virtually tax free fiscal package.

The need of the hour is the collaboration of the government and private sector in order to address the regions unique challenges. Potential exists in building infrastructure, connectivity, skill development, employment, IT enablement and so on. As multiple avenues for growth and development emerge, it is of paramount important that the region, as a collective identity, embarks on a vibrant journey to realise the dreams of a better and connected future. This vision can be realised only through the combined efforts of all stakeholders.

The Telegraph - the no. 1 English Daily in Calcutta and the East has been a partner in progress, driving the growth potential of Northeast through “NICT” since 2005 along with the support of the Government of Assam.

NICT, the leading business-technology-leadership conference in the Northeast has been an initiative to showcase the potential of the region and help attract capital by creating a pro-business forum for regional development which embraces technology. The objective has been to bring forth the opportunities the region has to offer and provide new insights to the ongoing interventions to raise the northeast of India to higher levels of inclusive economic development.

With participation from various sectors – State Governments of the region, Central Government, Manufacturing, Services, Education, Telecom and IT, NICT has been a progressive platform stimulating knowledge based development in the region for over a decade now.

The consistent success of NICT in Guwahati inspired the genesis of NICT Agartala in 2008 and NICT Meghalaya in 2012, enthusiastically supported by the respective state Governments.

Today, NICT 2017 in Guwahati, now in it's 13th edition is ready to welcome delegates, investors, showcase new business opportunities in the region, network with think tanks and stimulate development for aiding India’s inclusive growth story.
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