Young leaders summit with ‘made in NE theme’

SHILLONG, Oct 26: The 6th Edition of Young leaders Connect (YLC) will be held in Shillong on October 27 and 28.

Young Leaders Connect is a landmark initiative that provides a common platform for young leaders and achievers from the North-East.

The theme for the 6th edition of YLC is “Made in North-East”; Riding on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Made in India” campaign the conclave will focus on entrepreneurship in the North-East region.

Lezo Putsure Director Youth Net who is part of the core team of Youth Leaders Connect (YLC) while elaborating on the theme ‘Made in North-East’ said that idea is to market the products from the region to other parts of the state.

Addressing media persons Putsure said, “The people of the North East are very talented and creative however we have not been able to market their products to other parts of the state in the country and abroad.”

He informed that the conference is focused on how to take the ‘Make in North East’ theme a realization on coming up with a solution to market the products made in the region to other parts of the country.

Putsure said that during the two day conference there will be five entrepreneurs coming from each states of the North East.

The conference will be attended by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, Parliamentarian from Assam Gaurav Gogoi, former Indian footballer and captain of the Indian National team Bhaichung Bhutia (Chair, Young Leaders Connect).

According to the YLC, though India’s North East Region has been acknowledged as the Eastern Gateway for the Government’s Act East Policy, the reality is that the region still lacks entrepreneurism and continues to have a weak ecosystem for businesses to flourish.

“A thriving entrepreneurship has the power to revolutionize the economy dramatically by transforming the job seekers into job creators. With the employment requirement ever-increasing, entrepreneurship is the only way forward to sustain economic growth, and provide jobs to our ever increasing youth population,” the YLC said.

The objective of YLC is to come up with key actionable steps required to inform and sentize the population from the rest of India regarding the North East and create a positive outlook about the region that looks beyond media reports of conflict to the untapped potential that the region holds in terms of cultural heritage, natural resources and human capital.

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