Meghalaya is located in the Northeast of India. The state shares its borders on the North and East with Assam and on the South and West with Bangladesh.
Meghalaya is the wettest state in the country with an average annual rainfall of 1,200 cm. It has numerous rivers, the major ones being Manda, Damring, Janjiram, Ringge, Ganol, Simsang, Khri, Umtrew, Umiam, Umkhem, Kupli, Kynshi, Umiam Mawphlang and Umngot.
The state provides excellent institutional support through various central and State Government agencies viz., North East Council, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and Meghalaya Industrial Development Corporation. The state offers a host of industrial incentives, apart from Central Government incentives meant for investments in the Northeast region. Agro-processing, horticulture, minerals, tourism, electronics and IT have been identified as thrust sectors for development and promotion.
Meghalaya is endowed with abundant natural resources in terms of flora, fauna, medicinal plants, forests, coal, limestone, feldspar, quartz, sillimanite, granite, industrial clay and uranium. They offer significant avenues for investment.
Meghalaya has a literacy rate of 75.5 per cent. The state has a strong higher education infrastructure. Moreover, a majority of the local population speak and understand English. The state has favourable agro-climatic conditions that support agriculture, horticulture and forestry. The state has a rich culture and is an attractive tourist destination.
At current prices, the gross state domestic product (GSDP) of Meghalaya was about US$ 3.64 billion in 2011-12. The state's GSDP grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14 per cent between 2004-05 and 2011-12.
State Presentation (March 2013)
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