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Purvodaya Perspectives: Reflections on Regional Connectivity



Coinciding with the world-famous Baliyatra, The Energy Forum (TEF), in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and with the support of the Ministry of External Affairs, will host the international conference, “Purvodaya Perspectives: Reflections on Regional Connectivity,” on December 2-3, at the ITC Welcomhotel in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

The conference will be inaugurated by Chief Guest and Union Education and Skill Development & entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, and Guest of Honour and Union Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs V. Muraleedharan.

Eminent personalities including Mustafizur Rahman, High Commissioner of Bangladesh; Saurabh Kumar, Secretary East (MEA); Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister for Environment & Forests, Act East Policy Affairs and Welfare of Minorities Department, Govt of Assam and President, DG, senior officials from CII will also grace the conference with their presence.

The two-day conference will bring together Central and State ministers, policymakers, business leaders, and academicians from across the Purvodaya states, rest of India and countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka etc. to deliberate on the theme of regional connectivity. With a focus on the Purvodaya region, the event aims to explore historical maritime civilizational linkages and utilise the latent capacity within the Purvodaya states for fostering sub-national and cross-border connectivity via sea, land and air.

Keynote speakers and panellists will emphasise that connectivity extends beyond physical infrastructure. Energy and electricity grids, digital connectivity, and socio-cultural ties, all contributing to larger people-to-people connectivity, will be major topics of discussion. This conference will highlight India’s commitment to building resilient and robust infrastructure, aligning with the vision of promoting India as an anchor in Asia.

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