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Why Myanmar matters so much for India

President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a four-day state visit to Myanmar starting on December 10. This will be the fifth high-level visit between the two countries in the last four years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit last year was the third by an Indian prime minister in five years and his second in […]

India, Myanmar to relax ‘land’ visa norms

Bid to promote cross-border movement In a major fillip to connectivity between the North-Eastern States and Myanmar, visa norms will be relaxed for land border crossing through Moreh (Manipur) and Tamu (Myanmar) from this month. India and Myanmar signed an agreement in this regard during the visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Myanmar […]

New Push Sought for Myanmar-India Economic Links

YANGON, MYANMAR — A delegation of Indian CEOs visiting Myanmar and the launch of a new India-Myanmar business chamber in Yangon have sought to inject life into stagnant economic ties between the two neighboring countries. Since 2011, when the military junta launched political and economic reforms, Myanmar’s future prosperity has been predicated on its strategic […]

Kaladan woes reflect frustrated Indian vision for Myanmar and Southeast Asia

India’s ambitions to establish a foothold in Myanmar and strengthen ties with Southeast Asia risk being jeopardised by the ongoing Kaladan project. This ambitious venture exposes India’s overseas infrastructure failings, and thus its inability to push rival China aside. Long deterred by Myanmar’s status as a military dictatorship, India has only relatively recently built substantial […]

India: Myanmar visa fee removal boosts prospects of healthcare tourism

KOLKATA, SEPTEMBER 17: India’s recent decision to remove $80 visa charge for Myanmar nationals (except in e-visa) improved prospects of healthcare tourism in India. West Bengal may be a major gainer as Kolkata has the best flight connectivity to Myanmar among all major Indian cities. Advantage India India controls the expanding pharmaceutical products market in […]

‘Tremendous opportunity for growth’ identified in the BIMSTEC region

Participants at a Yangon roundtable discussion today point to largely untapped opportunities for trade, communication and cultural exchange in a region of 2.5 billion souls. Parami Roundtable and Mizzima Media Group organised a roundtable on Myanmar and BIMSTEC to commemorate the celebration of 20 years of BIMSTEC. BIMSTEC, known as Bay of Bengal Initiative for […]

Ruili — China’s gateway to Myanmar

The Jiegao border area is located in Ruili, a frontier city in China’s Yunnan province. Geographically, Yunnan occupies a unique position. Shortly after day break, under the cover of heavy monsoon clouds, the Jiegao border trading area — a medium-sized 2 sq. km. complex — appears desolate. In the half-light of the early hours, long-haul […]

India mulls oil pipeline to Myanmar

KOLKATA (miningweekly.com) – Pushing ahead with its ‘oil and energy diplomacy’ in neighbouring countries, India is considering building an oil pipeline to connect refineries in its north-eastern provinces to consumer centers in Myanmar. According to senior government officials in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, several Indian oil refiner-marketers have already started marketing petroleum products […]

Reviving the Comatose Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Corridor

The Joint Study Group (JSG) of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM) concluded its third meeting on April 26. The two-day meeting in Kolkata, India, revolved around each country sharing their revised reports on the BCIM. The member countries submitted four separate reports involving 11 sectors for consideration by the respective governments, including general principles on […]

Connectivity with Myanmar — the wait gets longer

Building a project in Myanmar was and is difficult. But, is it so difficult that the connectivity proposals mooted by Delhi early in the last decade will remain a dream or at best half complete? Exactly the same happened to proposals to connect the north-eastern States and ASEAN through Myanmar. The trilateral India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highway […]