Manipur is situated in the eastern-most corner of Northeast India. The state shares borders with other north-eastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Assam and the neighboring country of Myanmar. Due to its wealth of flora and fauna, Manipur is described as a ‘flower on lofty heights’, ‘a jewel of India’ and ‘Switzerland of the East’. Its breath-taking scenic beauty makes it a tourist’s paradise.
Manipur has the advantage of acting as India's 'Gateway to the East' through Moreh town, which is the only feasible land route for trade between India and Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries. With about 3,268 square km of area covered by bamboo forests, Manipur is one of India's largest bamboo producing states and a major contributor to the country's bamboo industry. In 2015, the state accounted for 9,303 square km of bamboo bearing area.
Manipur has the highest number of handicrafts units as well as the highest number of craft persons comprising skilled and semi-skilled artisans in the entire north-eastern region. Handlooms is the largest cottage industry in Manipur and the state ranks among the top five in terms of the number of looms in the country.
The Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of the state grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.17 per cent from 2004-05 to 2015-16. At current prices, the total GSDP of Manipur was about US$ 2.7 billion in 2015-16.
As of June 2016, Manipur had a total installed power generation capacity of 206.11 MW. The state has a potential to generate hydropower equivalent to about 2,200 MW.
Imphal has one airport and Air India provides air cargo services. Four national highways run through the state. The railway line under construction on the Manipur-Assam border is a national priority project. Manipur has a land area of 22,327 sq km and a pollution free environment.
According to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), cumulative FDI inflows into the northeast states, during April 2000 to March 2016, amounted to US$ 94 million. According to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), cumulative FDI