Myanmar has demanded that India should withdraw restrictions imposed on
import of pulses from the country forthwith in the long term interest of
cooperation between both the countries.
A joint statement issued at the end of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two
day trip to that country said " the state counsellor Daw Aung Sanj Suu Kyi
expressed grave concern at the recent notification issued by India imposing
quantitative restrictions on various categories of pulses and requested the
Prime Minister of India to lift all restrictions on imports from Myanmar in
view of the bonds of friendship and long term interests of the two people and
The Indian Prime Minister responded saying that it was important to work
out a long term arrangement whereby the interests of both the people's could be
safeguarded in future.
India has been importing huge quantities of arahar dal from Mynamar
following the shortfall in domestic production for the last two years. This
year the crop position has improved and prices have fallen sharply forcing the
government to issue quantitative restrictions on import of arahar dal.
The two countries emphasized the need to improve market access by removing
all trade barriers with a view to facilitate trade between them. They expressed
satisfaction with the conclusions reached at the sixth meeting Myanmar India
Joint Trade Committee held in New Delhi three months ago. They agreed to to
continue holding of meetings of the Border Trade Committee and the Border Haats
India welcomed Myanmar's desire to seek cooperation with it to develop its
textile industry covering standardization, inspection and quality
recommendations, research and development, human resources development and
capacity building. The two sides acknowledged the importance of pulses in the
bilateral trade basket and the implication of this trade has for the Myanmar's
farmers and Indian consumers.
India shared its expertise in power trade and expressed its interest in
examining possible cooperation in this area with Myanmar. It was agreed that
these and other relevant issues would be taken up at an early meeting of the
Joint Steering Committee on power and other forums. In view of the immense
benefits that would accrue to participating countries, Myanmar promised to give
careful consideration to India's suggestion to join the Framework agreement for
the establihsment of the International Solar Alliance.
Myanmar welcomed India's participation in its energy sector both in
exploration and production and invited Indian companies to pariticipate in the
tenders for Petrochemicals and petroleum products, marketing infrastructure and
setting up of LPG Terminals.
India informed that leading Indian oil and gas companies are in the process
of opening offices in Myanmar. The two sides applauded the agreement reached by
Numaligarh Refinery in India and Param Energy group of Myanmar on supply of
diesel to Myanmar across the land border. This will give the people of north
Myanmar cheaper and more reliable access to petroleum products. It will also
encourge both sides to collaborate in storage and retail marketing of petroleum
products in Myanmar. The first consignment of the high speed Diesel reached
Myanmar on September four.