Imphal, May 27 (EMN): A 25 member Thai business delegation headed by Thailand Ambassador to Myanmar Jukr Boon-Long visited Manipur to see the condition of the Trilateral Highway (passing Thailand, Myanmar and India) and the economic opportunities available across the border in India and Manipur. The delegation came all the way from Myanmar’s Mandalay township by road.
On their arrival the team leader had a meeting with the Manipur Commerce and Industries Minister Th Biswajit and talked on several issues including trading, investment and tourism.
On Saturday, Manipur government hosted an interaction programme between the visiting delegation with Manipur Government officials and businessmen.
In his address, state Chief Secretary O Nabakishore said the visit of the Thai Delegation shows the interest of Thailand Government and the Thailand Business community in developing business relations with India, especially with Manipur. He said the main thrust of the Act East Policy of the Indian Government is to have much better business relations between India and South East Asian Countries. Elaborating on the major problems in improving trade relations, the Chief Secretary said several portions of the Trilateral Highway (passing Thailand, Myanmar and India) is very deplorable. He also said that the draft of the India, Myanmar and Thailand Vehicle Agreement is already prepared and once it is signed by the three countries, it will allow seamless movement of people and cargos among the countries which will improve trade relations.
Appealing to the Thai business community to explore the business potential, he also said that efforts are on to introduced visa on arrival and e-Visa facilities at the Moreh Integrated Check Post. He said the rail line will reach Imphal by 2020 and that there are also plans to extend the rail line till Thailand.