Shillong, October 10: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma today attended the inaugural session of the first North Eastern Management Association (NEMA) National Conference organised by NEMA in collaboration with the University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) at the Conference Hall of USTM at 9th Mile, Ri Bhoi. The two days’ conference is based on the theme ‘Think Global Act Local: Contemporary Sustainable Business Practices and Development.’
Addressing the gathering during his inaugural speech, Sangma congratulated NEMA for organizing the national conference and said that the theme that has been set for the conference blends with everybody irrespective of their position or profession, as management is an integral part of everyone’s lives and activities. He also said that having the conference in this part of the country will pave way for bigger conferences and attract intellectuals, researchers and academicians to North East India. The CM also added that Management is a crucial part of studies and looking at Management only as a professional course needs to be changed.
“Though addressing the issues of globalization is still a challenge, if we do not think locally, none of our activities will be sustainable. Therefore, the challenges and opportunities of globalization has to be understood and dealt with in the right perspective to ensure that there is no dislocation of our activities which is so crucial to our sustainable development growth” said Dr Sangma. He added that sustainability of any activity especially farming is important and the people engaged in farming need to be acclimatized to the pulls and pushes of globalization to develop Agriculture as a vibrant sector contributing to the growth and sustainable development of the economy. He also stated that locally available potentials must be leveraged upon which will help to act locally.
Earlier, the Chief Minister also released the Conference Souvenir and other books during the inaugural session. Chairman cum Managing Director, NEDFi, BP Muktieh gave the keynote address while M Hoque, Chancellor, USTM, Prof JU Ahmed, President, NEMA and Prof WC Singh, Secretary, NEMA were among those who spoke during the occasion.
Topics like Inclusive Growth and North Eastern Region, Economics, Finance, Inclusive Growth and Recent Business Practices, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, CSR Issues, CSR and Governance Issues, Tourism, Sustainability, Service Sector Growth Issues & Challenges and Building Sustainable Business Practices in North East will be deliberated upon during the two days’ conference.
It may be mentioned here that NEMA was formed on May 21, 2016 and is a non political, non-partisan, voluntary regional management association with national and international perspectives with an aim to undertake, promote, coordinate and collaborate in the study of managerial problems and issues in India with special emphasis on North East India.
More than hundred participants and scholars from different parts of North East will participate in the conference along with many experts from the field of management studies.