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    India-Myanmar-Thailand agree to boost trade, commerce at Moreh conference

    India-Myanmar-Thailand agree to boost trade, commerce at Moreh conference

    India-Myanmar-Thailand agree to boost trade, commerce at Moreh conference

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    Imphal, Apr 3: In a landmark event and a big boost towards enhancing cross-border trade between India, Myanmar and Thailand, a trilateral trade conference was recently held at Tamu town, near Moreh.

    The Thai team was led by the Thai-Myanmar Border Trade in-charge Tharodol Thongruang. The Myanmarese team was led by Trade Chamber of Commerce Vice-President U Myin Swe.

    The main agenda of discussion among the three sides was about improving trade between India and Thailand with mutual cooperation from Myanmar. The three countries are already working on a 1400 km long road corridor from Imphal to Mae Sot in Thailand via Bagan in Myanmar. The road will play a key role in growth of trade and tourism.

    Addressing the conference, Thongruang said: "In the near future I am sure that we will have no borders between the three countries and people can connect with each other and trade can improve. Tourism will also get a boost."

    At the meeting, an accord on five points was reached. It included boosting people to people contact, promotion of cross border trade to conduct the second motor car rally from Imphal to Thailand, the exchange of sports and exchange of cultures. A memorandum for understanding between Manipur and Thailand University of a student exchange program was also reached to provide exposure to students.

    Visiting dignitaries also urged the centre to hold more such discussions in Thailand so that better knowledge about working in India could be disseminated.

    "I think we need to improve our relations so that we can cooperate in terms of trade and investment. It will be of mutual benefit to both sides. Investors and traders from Thailand want to send their exports to India," Aat Aat Pisanwanich, Director, Centre for International Trade Studies, Bangkok It is a positive step and we should try to use it for the strengthening our cultural and economic relationship because that is the only way we can move forward," Amar Yumnam, Professor, Manipur University.

    Manipur will play an extremely important role as far as trade with Southeast Asian Nations is concerned. The policymakers understood this and are working towards the rapid development of the state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    Addressing the conference, Thongruang said: "In the near future I am sure that we will have no borders between the three countries and people can connect with each other and trade can improve. Tourism will also get a boost."
    want to buy a bridge ?

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    India, Thailand Get Closer

    By Rajeev Sharma

    April 7, 2011



    India and Thailand are both wary of China. So, is the fact that the two are coming closer together a good thing not just for bilateral relations, but the region’s overall development? Perhaps, but China won’t like it. This is especially the case with India recently embarking on an intensified diplomatic drive to deepen its strategic ties with countries like Japan, Vietnam and South Korea.

    There are already some major signs of increased cooperation between India and Thailand. And, if anything, the just-concluded India visit by Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has boosted ties further. Vejjajiva held a summit meeting with Manmohan Singh on April 5 at which both leaders agreed to give high priority to the proposed tri-lateral highway project linking India and Thailand through Burma. This project would take the Indo-Thai relationship to beyond just air connectivity, as more than 800,000 Indians visit Thailand every year, while an almost equal number of Thai tourists visit India. The highway, while promoting trade and people-to-people contacts, will also help revive shared historical and cultural heritage.

    In addition, the two prime ministers also agreed to take their already blooming relationship to the next level by finalizing bilateral agreements such as the Extradition Treaty, Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Civil and Commercial Matters and the Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons. They stated that they looked forward to the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit to be held in New Delhi next year.

    The significance of Vejjajiva’s two-day trip to India is underscored by the fact that he came here on a state visit—in international diplomacy, a state visit is the highest level of visit by a foreign dignitary, as opposed to a ‘working visit’ or an ‘official visit.’ Finally, the joint statement issued at the end of the visit said the two sides had also agreed to double their current bilateral trade of $6.7 billion by 2014. This target can likely be easily achieved as the two sides are at an advanced stage of negotiations for a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement that should be finalized within the year. Importantly, India also encouraged Thailand to make significant investments in two of its major sectors: infrastructure and agro-processing.

    India-Thailand relations have gone from strength to strength in recent years, and will likely continue on an upward trend—whether China likes it or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    India and Thailand are both wary of China.


    There is no doubt that India is playing catch up to China , but to suggest Thailand is anything other than under China's influence is laughable .

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    Was about to write something similar...

    India and Thailand don't play in the same league, wishful thinking maybe.

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