In push to AEP
11th Indo-Myanmar meet from Oct 25
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Oct 23: The 11th edition of Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee Meet is scheduled to be held from October 25 to 29 at Mantripukhri Assam Rifles Headquarters and will see an active participation of both the Indian and Myanmar delegations.
The Indo-Myanmar RBC Meet is a bi-annual landmark event which provides opportunities for representatives of Security Forces and Civil establishment of both Nations to discuss and resolve crucial issues, according to a statement issued by the PRO of IGAR (S).
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has made significant progress on her ‘Act East Policy’. The policy focuses on the extended neighbourhood in the Asia-Pacific region.
The objective of the policy is to promote economic cooperation, cultural ties and develop strategic relationship with countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
North East India has been a priority in the Act East Policy. Seeing the importance of the policy, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has formulated the State’s own ‘Act East Policy’.
Being India’s gateway to the ASEAN region, Manipur shares close affinity with the region in terms of culture, customs and food habits and is well-connected by air. Manipur’s border post at Moreh, on Asian Highway-1, handles 99 percent of formal overland trade between India and Myanmar. Continued progress on the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway highlight the State’s relevance in the region.
Manipur’s proximity to Myanmar gives it an edge in the Act East Policy. Seeing the State’s importance, it is only natural that the next round of Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee Meet be held at Imphal, it said.
The speedy development of Manipur depends a lot on the success of the Act East Policy and thus on the close and cordial relationship between the Indian and Myanmar authorities. Considering the stakes at hand, a more stable and prosperous Manipur, emerging overland trade corridors to ASEAN, and new diplomatic leverage in East and Southeast Asia, the importance of the meet can not be emphasised anymore.