A Unified Northeast Economy: The Road to Gainful Economic Integration with South East Asia
The Northeast Region (NER) of India as a unified economy constituting a market of about 45 million people is the most appropriate approach for the development of this area. The Northeast states are perceived as a region because it is landlocked and surrounded on all sides by foreign countries and connected with the mainland of India through a narrow neck of 29 km. Other than Assam, the rest of the states in the region are individually small and have a small market. The internal economic integration of NER will provide the benefit of a larger market, and thereby gains from scale economies and specialization and a way forward towards trade and economic exchanges with the countries neighbouring it under the Look East Policy.