Imphal to host Indo-Myanmar conference

Imphal to host Indo-Myanmar conference
Myanmar delegation arriving at Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate at Moreh to attend India-Myanmar Conference in Imphal.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 9 | Publish Date: 6/9/2019 11:52:42 AM IST

In a bid to strengthen bilateral relationship under India’s Act East Policy, an India-Myanmar Conference would be held at Imphal on June 11.

A 13-member Myanmar delegation arrived at Moreh, the border town at the Indo-Myanmar border on Sunday to take part in the conference to be held in Imphal’s Hotel Grande.

The delegation coming on land route were given a warm welcome by a delegation of Manipur government led by state works and commerce and industries minister Th Bishwajit upon their entry to Manipur  at Indo-Myanmar Friendship Bridge.

The 13-member Myanmar delegation was led by chief minister of Magway Region Dr Aung Moe Nyo. Other members of the delegation included four members of Parliament of Myanmar, five members of Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and two Ambassadors of Myanmar to Delhi.

India’s ambassador to Myanmar Saurabh Kumar, his spouse V Sekhar who is the chairman of Indo- Myanmar Chamber of Commerce accompanied the Myanmar team.

As a vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s of Act East Policy, the conference will be held on June 11 with Myanmar officials with an aim to connect India’s Northeast with Myanmar’ Northeast region.

This connectivity of two countries is to bring development to both countries and closer friendship and  good business.

On reaching Moreh, the delegation met Ram Madhav who is a member of India Foundation’s Board of Governors at Hotel Elora, Moreh. Madhav was accompanied by state BJP vice-president Benjamin Mate. Strengthening the bilateral relationships under a strategic vision for development of Manipur under the Act East Policy was discussed during the meeting.

India Foundation, New Delhi had signed a MoU with Manipur government on May 10, 2017 on developing a strategic vision of Manipur.

The Myanmar delegation also met with leaders of Kuki Students Organisation and leaders of various communities living in the border town. The delegation also visited Integrated Check Post (ICP) at the border town before leaving for Imphal. The delegation was earlier planned to be taken to Imphal by chopper, however, due to weather conditions, the foreign delegates had to travel by road. 

The conference was sponsored by New Foundation under the theme “Connecting India’s North East with North West Region of Myanmar: Roadmap for All Round Prosperity.”

The 29-member Indian delegation in the conference would be led by Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla.

Other members of Indian delegation include ; Union DoNER minister Dr Jitendra, Manipur chief minister N Biren, BJP national general secretary and member of India Foundation’s board of Governors Ram Madhav, deputy national security advisor and Naga peace talk interlocutor RN Ravi, NEC secretary Ram Muivah, Indian Ambassador to India Saurabh Kumar and Assam Rifles DG Lt Gen Sukhdeep Sangwan.

The conference will feature two sessions on ‘Physical Connectivity: The Infrastructure Deficit’, and ‘Connectivity: The Way Ahead’. The Myanmar delegates would leave Imphal on June 13, sources said.

While staying in Imphal, the Myanmar delegates will visit Commonwealth War Cemetery, Kangla, Manipur University, RIMS and Imphal city.

They would also go to Loktak Lake for sight-seeing, the source added.


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