Gangtok: Speaking on thrust areas where the
US would like to collaborate with Sikkim, a senior US diplomat
today said that emphasis would be on eco-tourism and finding
ways for sustainable development.
Clinton S `Tad` Brown, the Consul for Political and
Economic Affairs at the office of the Consulate General of the
USA in Kolkata, said the US would also like to join hands for
the modernization of Sikkim.
We would like to be here and collaborate and support
innovative projects as Sikkim moves towards the future. We
don’t want to figure out what to do overnight but build a long
lasting relationship, he said.
Stressing the need for environmental conservation, he
appreciated the initiatives of the state government under the
leadership of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling.
Brown explained that scientific expertise into ecological
conservation would also be an area where the US could assist
in the coming days.
Determining other priorities for Sikkim, he said that
education, student exchange programmes, selling high-tech
technology for renewable hydro- energy generation,
environmentally inclined tourism and pharmaceuticals could be
areas where the US investors could be interested in.
We will still spend some-time studying other areas where
we can collaborate with the Government of Sikkim. We will also
look at dealing with the local NGOs and how we can make their
functioning more efficient. We will further study the agenda
of the state government and decide on further issues. We will
conduct surveys and more experts will start coming here now.
We are positive that Sikkim is where we can collaborate
without any hindrances, Brown said.
"I have been to most of the Northeastern states but what
I have found in Sikkim is that the people here are happy
unlike other regions where violence is common. I am surprised
that in Sikkim the three ethnic communities live like brothers
and their cultures are interlinked. This is a phenomenal
achievement in modern times which sets examples for all to
follow, he said.