The Central Government is all set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Myanmar and Thailand within the next three months for formalising a three-nation highway. This highway would be the country’s access point to Southeast Asia — for both tourism and trade. To this end, Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has already flagged off the State’s first trial run of the Indo-Myanmar stretch of the highway and sent an Indian delegation to Myanmar.
Manipur IGP, Clay Khongsai who was a part of delegation said, ‘After crossing the border, we were received by a Myanmarese team led by Transport Director U Thin Myant Thu’. He also informed that it was mostly a business delegation where a number of presentations on business possibilities between India and Myanmar were discussed. ‘We came across a number of Thai and Japanese people in Myanmar, the Myanmarese officials told us that other countries had started investing in a major way, the biggest being China,’ the IGP further stated.
Meanwhile, Manipur transport secretary M Lakshmikumar Singh pointed out that the Government of Myanmar doesn’t have a government in place yet. ‘They don’t even have an acting government, so we really have no option but to wait for some time,’ Singh further opined.