Greetings. This issue covers aspects
of Indian economy with a focus on
Assam, The North East state, which
is going through a great turnaround
in its economy and is poised to
become the hub of trade and commerce
and the gateway to South East Asia
in the wake of the prospects of
the reopening of the historic Stilwell
Road following talks between China,
Myanmar and India.
We have made this issue as readable
and interesting as possible, including
stories of serious content, analytical
articles a travelogue and good research
based reviews of the progress and
potential of some countries we have
been watching closely in recent
Travel and Tourism is no more a
leisure activity, patronized by
the idle rich. It has grown into
a global business, touching the
lives of millions of people, a bulk
of them living in poor countries.
Tourism is connectivity. Tourism
brings people face to face. Tourism
enables people to give each other
the best they could offer. Rising
incomes, vastly improved travel
facilities and the widespread Information
Technology and Telecommunications
network have given a great fillip
to the travel and tourism industry
across the world.
It is no surprise that Mr Tarun
Gogoi, the far sighted, dynamic
Chief Minister of Assam, is seriously
highlighting Assam as a tourist
destination. Assam's geographical
position at the foot of North East
Himalayas makes it one of the most
majestic locations in India. The
mountainous backdrop and the presence
of River Brahmaputra have always
given it a divine aura. The hills
and valleys, the waterfalls, the
temples and large expanses of rice
fields make Assam truly awesome.
We have stories of considerable
length and substance to spotlight
Assam's economic upswing.
The heartening aspect of Assam's
rebirth and growth is that big time
investors are convinced of the potential
Assam holds as a business location.
The drawbacks are there, but very
few really care now. And the reason?
The State's hardworking, ever dedicated
and committed Chief Minister Mr
Tarun Gogoi who, I suspect, sleeps
with Assam on his mind and wakes
up with Assam on his mind.
A broad based economic study conducted
by Indicus Analytics and presented
by New Media has foreseen an annual
growth rate of 9.6 per cent GDP
for 2010-2020. The study predicts
per capita income growth which implies
an increase in household expenditures
and expenditure on travel, healthcare,
education and recreation which combine
to make lives better.
In this issue we have brought to
your attention countries which have
braced themselves up to face economic
challenges and come up as examples
of resilience and brilliant management.
Wish you happy reading