For overall economic development of the northeast region, re-opening of the historic Stillwell Road, the gateway to South East Asia, is essential, said
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (Retd) JJ Singh.
Singh said that the opening of the road can transform the economy of Arunachal Pradesh by making it a production hub for feeding the Myanmarese and Western Chinese markets. He was inaugurating the fifth edition of the Pangsau Pass Winter Festival at Nampong in Changlang district on January 20.
He added that in the absence of land connectivity with China and South-East Asia, the much-hyped Look East Policy has not brought much tangible benefit to the NE region. Singh said Arunachal Pradesh, blessed with flora and fauna, varying altitudes and flowing rivers, has an enriching experience and insights to offer to all the guests and tourists.
The Pangsau Pass Winter Festival has been providing a platform to showcase the tourism potential at national and international level. It also provides glimpses of the vibrant cultural identity of different tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, he added.