• Mukul reviews ITM preparations

      3rd September 2015 Published in English in The Shillong Times

      SHILLONG: Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Wednesday reviewed the preparations for the first International Indigenous Terra Madre Festival being hosted by the State from November 3.

      Speaking to media persons after the meeting, the chief minister said that through this event the Government wants to promote Meghalaya as a destination, not within the region but globally.

      According to him, the State government is hosting the event in partnership with 41 villages and added that many entrepreneurs would visit the State during the festival.

      Expressing his happiness that the concerned departments were maintaining the timeline with regards to preparations for the programmes, the chief minister admitted that the State faces a challenge in the form of limited hotels and it was necessary for the government to create more avenues for accommodation.

      “With this event many entrepreneurs would look to the hospitality sector as an avenue for investment in Meghalaya,” he said. It may be mentioned that the five-day event will be jointly hosted by the State Government, North East Slow Food and Agro-biodiversity Society along with 41 villages from across the State besides five villages from Nagaland which have voluntarily offered to co-host the event.

      The festival will see participation of 500 international delegations belonging to 70 to 80 indigenous tribes from as many as 40 countries.

      The first Indigenous Terra Madre was held from June 17-19, 2011, in Jokkmokk (Sweden).