Thailand business delegation explore trade feasibility in state

IMPHAL, 27th May: A business delegation led by ambassador of Thailand in Myanmar, Jukr Boon-Long arrived here on Friday to explore feasibility of trade activities between the south-east Asian country and borders states on India. Aimed at improving business relationship, the state government organised an Interaction programme between the visiting Thai business delegates and officials of the state government and businessmen at Classic Grande, Chingmeirong on Friday evening.

The state government was represented by ministers Thongam Biswajit, Karam Shyam and Losii Dikho, chief secretary Oinam Nabakishore and other officials. In his address, Jukr Boon-Long said that the main purpose of the visit was to oversee condition of the Trilateral Highway (Thailand, Myanmar and India) and the economic opportunities available across the border in India and Manipur.

He also informed about the same delegation meeting commerce and industries minister Th Biswajit earlier and deliberating on issues related to trade, investment and tourism. On the other-hand, chief secretary Nabakishore noted that visit of the Thai delegation testifies keen interest of the Thailand government and its business community in developing business relations with India, especially Manipur.

He said the main thrust of the Act East Policy of the Government of India is to have better trade relations between India and South East Asian countries. While highlighting issues impeding trade relations, the Chief Secretary acknowledged that some portions of the Trilateral Highway are still remaining in highly deplorable condition. Nabakishore also informed that draft for the India/Myanmar/Thailand Vehicle Agreement is ready and once the same has been signed by the three countries, it will allow seamless movement of people and cargos across these countries.

He further conveyed that efforts are on to introduce Visa On-Arrival and e-Visa facilities at the Moreh Integrated Check Post, along with stating that there are plans to extend the on-going rail line construction, which is expected to reach Imphal by 2020, till Thailand. A cultural programme was also organised specifically for the visiting Thai delegation, who reached Imphal by road from Mandalay.

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