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The Opening of an India-Myanmar Land Border Crossing: A Boon for Northeast India

The recent opening of two land-border crossings between India and Myanmar at Tamu/Moreh in the state of Manipur and Rihkhawdar-Zowkhawtar in Mizoram will go a long way toward bringing India and Myanmar closer. According to a statement issued by the Indian Embassy in Myanmar, “the landmark Land Border Crossing Agreement between India and Myanmar, signed […]

Northeast India strengthens ties with Myanmar

The Mandalay Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI) and businesses from northeast India met to discuss trade between the two regions on February 24. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between companies in Mandalay and northeastern India was also signed. Mr. Nanda Singh Bhaisora, consul general of India, said that the purpose of […]

After Chabahar Port, Myanmar’s Sittwe big on India’s radar

After Chabahar Port in Iran, Sittwe in Myanmar may emerge as the next overseas strategic port for India. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is helping to develop Sittwe Port, located at the estuary of Kaladan river in the troubled Rakhine province of Myanmar, for improving connectivity with Mizoram in the North East. Arun Kumar […]

Dirt-poor Chin State hidden gem for investors

THE regional government in Chin State, together with the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) and a UK-funded initiative, hailed Chin as a hidden gem overlooked by domestic and international investors. Renewable energy, tourism, agribusiness, weaving and urban development are pitched as key areas for development. Chin State, the least developed among Myanmar’s 14 […]

India to expedite projects in Myanmar

NEW DELHI, Oct 31 – Facing long delays, the Centre has decided to expedite work on a number of ongoing projects in Myanmar, which are crucial for India’s Act East Policy.According to sources, it was envisaged that work in projects like Kaladan Road, construction of 69 bridges for the Trilateral Highway Project and construction of […]

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 […]