Dialogue on prospects of Act East Policy

Dialogue on prospects of Act East Policy
Resource persons during the dialogue on Prospects of Manipur and Sagaing Region in light of India-Myanmar cross border Initiatives in Imphal on Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 19 | Publish Date: 8/19/2018 12:14:26 PM IST

Manipur government’s Act East Policy Committee in association with Indo Myanmar Fraternal Alliance organized a two-day citizens’ dialogue on the “Prospects of Manipur and Sagaing Region, in light of India-Myanmar cross border Initiatives” at Imphal Hotel on Sunday.

Addressing the inaugural function, titular king of Manipur Leisemba Sanajaoba said that if the present situation in Manipur, where bandhs and blockades were rampant, continued, it would be difficult for the state to avail the opportunities of the policy.

“We must shun all forms of bandhs and blockades to avail the opportunities of the Indo-Myanmar cross border and Act East Policy and focus on development,” he said. Frequent bandhs and blockades were the hindrances to development of the state, he added. 

Myanmar’s Sagaing Region and India’s Manipur has to take vital part in the successful operation of this cross border checkpoint. Both the regions need to maintain good relationship and bring development together, the titular king said. 

“We can’t divert the different issues being faced by us, but it is better to find a solution by diplomatic and political means,” he added. He appreciated the state government under the chief minister N Biren Singh and Act East Policy Committee’s contribution for opening the international entry-exit checkpoint at Moreh-Tamu border. He also urged the chief minister to construct one Buddhist guest house in Imphal so that Myanmarese Buddhists going to Bodha Gaya, Bihar, could sojourn there.

State IPR director Heisnam Balkrisna Singh and convener of Act East Policy Committee RK Shivachandra Singh delivered keynote addresses on the occasion.

The Citizens’ dialogue was attended by entrepreneurs from inside and outside the state. The inaugural day was marked by a discussion on “Academia Interface and Prospects of Collaborations,” in which delegates from Myanmar also took part as resource persons.

The programme will continue till August 20 with Sendra Tourist Resort in Bishnupur as the second venue of the programme.


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