MoU India and Myanmar on Sittwe Port
October 22, 2018
In implementation of India’s Act East Policy, India and Myanmar signed an important MoU on 22 October 2018 for the appointment of a private Port Operator for the Operation and Maintenance of Sittwe Port, Paletwa Inland Water Terminal and associated facilities included in the Kaladan Multi Model Transit Transport Project.
Following this MoU the process of identifying bidders to maintain these facilities will be initiated by floating an RFP. Subsequent to the commencement of operations at this port, it would offer new infrastructure for trade including between India and Myanmar, thereby contributing to job creation and development in the whole region, particularly in the Rakhine and Chin States of Myanmar.
The MoU was signed on behalf of the Government of India by H.E Vijay Gokhale, Foreign Secretary and by H.E U Win Khant, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Communications on behalf of the Government of Myanmar. The ceremony was witnessed by H.E. U Thant Sin Maung, Union Minister, Ministry of Transport and Communications, and H.E. Shri. Vikram Misri, Ambassador of India to Myanmar and other officials.
In another related development the 22nd National level meeting was held between India and Myanmar.
Both sides agree to deepen cooperation on border security and to curb insurgency
The 22nd National Level Meeting between India and Myanmar was held from 25to 26 October, 2018. The Indian delegation was led by Shri Rajiv Gauba, Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and the Myanmar delegation was led by Major General Aung Thu, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
During the meeting both sides agreed to take action against insurgent groups operating within their territories. The two countries agreed on providing of security cooperation along with international border and facilitating movement of people and trade across the international border.
Both sides agreed to cooperate in preventing smuggling of wildlife and narcotic drugs. India and Myanmar agreed to strengthen cooperation on international border management including construction of subsidiary pillars to better demarcate the border.
The Myanmar delegation also called on Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh.
As also Shri Nitin Gadkari discussed Progress of India – Myanmar Transport Connectivity Projects with his Myanmar Counterpart Mr U Thant Sin Maung
The Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation held a meeting with the Myanmar Minister for Communication and Transport Mr U Thant Sin Maung in New Delhi today to discuss the progress of the ongoing India – Myanmar Transport Connectivity Projects. The two sides discussed the status of the project for upgradation of the Kalewa-Yagyi stretch of the India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) Trilateral Highway, starting Imphal-Mandalay bus service and a bilateral Motor Vehicles Agreement between the two countries.
The upgradation of the Kalewa-Yagyi stretch of IMT is being executed by National Highways Authority of India. NHAI informed that the project is running well within time and they hope to complete it before the scheduled date of completion.
The two sides also expressed keenness to start the Imphal-Mandalay bus service soon. India and Myanmar had operationalized the Land Border Crossing Agreement earlier this year. The agreement allows nationals from the two countries holding valid passport and visa to cross over without requiring special permission. Now both countries have to select bus operators to run the service. Once the service starts, bus from India will take passengers to Myanmar border where they will transfer to the bus run by Myanmar operator for travelling further into Myanmar. Likewise, India bound Myanmar nationals will transfer into bus run by Indian operator for further travel into India.
Both countries expressed their eagerness to further carry forward the process of connectivity by signing a bilateral Motor Vehicles Agreement for seamless movement of cargo and passenger movement. The draft agreement is under discussion and the two sides are keen to finalize it soon.