CM unhappy over AEP gateway facilities in Guwahati

IMPHAL, 26th Nov: Chief Minister N Biren Monday expressed discontentment over the development of facilities for gateway under Act East Policy (AEP) in Guwahati while stating that developing facilities somewhere while Manipur is the actual gateway is not acceptable.
The CM was attending the Indo-Myanmar Sangai Business Summit 2018 here on Monday. Myanmar’s Sangaing region chief minister Dr Myint Naing shared the dais with CM Biren at the summit organised by Business Excellence Group (BEG) at Hotel Classic Grande.
Maintaining that Manipur is the gateway to Southeast Asia, Biren said that failure of the state and its people in grabbing the opportunity resulted in the state losing several facilities. Though Manipur is the gateway to Southeast Asia, facilities are being developed in Guwahati and he had raised strong opposition against the policy to union minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj.
Stating that the government alone is not enough to bring those facilities in the state, he urged the business community to raise their voices over the matter.
Biren said that Visa facilitation office would be opened in Imphal shortly for issuing visas for more than 30 countries. The government will provide land for construction of a guesthouse for Myanmarese pilgrims who are visiting Bodh Gaya every year. To deepen the relationship between the two countries, the state government has constituted a state level committee to aid and advice in effective operationalisation of Act East Policy in Manipur. The state shares strong cultural affinities with Myanmar as well as in terms of taste and preferences with huge potential for partnership in trade, commerce, culture and tourism, he added. He informed that Centre has initiated survey for laying pipeline from Guwahati to Imphal via Silchar to overcome the problem of scarcity of cooking gas and petroleum products during bandhs, blockades or landslides.
He further said that northeast region is seen as the new engines of growth for India and a keystone in India’s Act East Policy. Sagaing and Manipur are vital in realising the Act East Policy of India, he said and added that the Integrated Check Post at Moreh was inaugurated in the beginning of this year to improve people to people contact and trade & commerce relations between the two countries. He also said that he will visit Sagaing soon.
Sagaing chief minister Dr Myint Naing emphasised on the need to ensure a stable and sustainable economic development and build prosperous and strong relations between the two neighbouring countries.
Mentioning that the two regions have similar culture and tradition, he conveyed his belief that such initiative would provide a great opportunity to support each other at various levels. He invited chief minister Biren and people of Manipur to visit Sagaing during the Naga traditional festival which would be held from January 14 to 16 next year.
Sagaing’s development minister U Myint Kyi, social welfare minister Dr Zaw Win, Kakching MLA Y Surchandra and Khurai MLA L Susindro also attended the summit, which was participated by delegates from Myanmar and India.

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