India opens two border crossing points with Myanmar, Bangladesh

India has opened two immigration check posts along the borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, a reflection of its growing closeness with the two eastern neighbours. In a gazette notification, the home ministry said the central government has designated Zorinpui land check post in Lawngtlai district of Mizoram as an authorised immigration check post for entry […]

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 […]

Why India Isn’t Really ‘Acting East’ in Myanmar

As an ascendant economic and political power, India has long been eager to assert its influence on the global stage, particularly in neighboring Southeast Asia. India’s intentions for foreign engagement are best articulated in its so-called Act East policy, an ambitious effort to elevate Indian influence via economic and strategic links with the subregion. Central […]

Left behind in race by China, India tries to speed up Myanmar projects

NEW DELHI: Having missed several deadlines, and with China taking big strides, India is trying hard to speed up its infrastructure commitments in Myanmar. India’s tardiness in project implementation has marred its reputation, even though India has extended over $1.75 billion in grants and credit to Myanmar. Indian envoy to Myanmar Vikram Misri said India […]

Economic opportunities in Rakhine State

Rakhine State is rich in natural resources. It has many rivers, lakes, ponds and is connected to the ocean. Good ports exist and as improvement to road links are being made, trade, local and foreign investments are increasing. The government is emphasizing on investment and trade in order to increase production in agriculture products as […]

Kaladan Transport Transit Project Expected to Finish Next Month

The Kaladan Multi-modal Transport Transit Project (KMTTP) between Myanmar and India is expected to be completed in December, according to Myanma Port Authority. The Kaladan Multi-Modal transport project connects the eastern Indian seaport of Kolkata with Sittwe seaport in Myanmar by sea. It also then links the Sittwe seaport to Paletwa via the Kaladan River […]

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 […]

India setting up 9 border trade points with Myanmar

Keen to boost border trade between Northeast India and the neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, the Indian government is setting up nine border haats or markets along the border with Myanmar, a top official said on Wednesday. Addressing the inauguration of the Eighth Delhi Dialogue here, Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs […]

India, Myanmar to remove bottlenecks to boost trade

NEW DELHI: India and Myanmar today agreed to enhance trade and investment between the countries by removing bottlenecks such as lack of good connectivity and banking arrangements. The issues came up for discussion during the 5th India-Myanmar Joint Trade Committee (JTC) meeting, which was held in Nay Pyi Taw today. The meeting was co-Chaired by […]

India to complete Myanmar port project in May

KOLKATA, FEBRUARY 1:India will complete the reconstruction of Sittwe port and the associated river transport facilities, as part of the Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project in Myanmar, in May this year. The project cost, however, is expected to be 29 per cent higher at ₹450 crore, compared with the initial estimate of ₹350 crore, largely […]