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Port Operator to be appointed to handle cargo at Sittwe Port built by India in Myanmar

India and Myanmar agreed to appoint a Port Operator for the newly constructed Sittwe port comprising officials from both the countries to be responsible for the operation and the maintenance of the port.

A Joint Statement issued at the end of two day official visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Myanmar said Myanmar appreciated the substantial progress made on the Kaladan Multi Modal Transit transport Project with the completion of works on the Sittwe Port and the Paletwa Inland Water Transport terminal and the handing over of six cargo barges to the Myamar Port Authority and Inland water transport".

The two sides agreed to enter into an MOU on appointing a port operator that may include both sides to be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the port in keeping with the practice that has been adopted at other international ports in Myanmar.

This would enable the Port and the Inland water transport infrastructure to be used commercially and promote development of the surrounding areas even as the final component of the project, the road from Paletwa and Zorinpuri is under construction.

Both sides noted with satisfaction that work on the road was already underway and agreed to facilitate movement of project personnel, construction materials and equipment across the border through Zorinpuri and Paletwa.

The Commissioning of the Multi Modal Cargo Handling Operation will help india to transport cargo to the North Eastern states from Kolkata port at cheaper freight cost.

The long pending project of running a regular bus service between Imphal in Manipur to Mandalay a distance of 582 kilometers across the border has been revived. The leaders of both the countries agreed to negotiate and swiftly conclude an agreement on commencing a coordinated bus service between the two countries from Imphal to Mandalay.

The trial bus service got started three years ago but there has been no progress after that following the change in government in both the countries.

Both the countries have identified an airport to develop in Myanmar with India's assistance either at Pakokku or Kalay airports. India will provide both financial and technical assistance for the project. India has also offered customized training and capacity building programmes for Air Traffic Contollers of Myanmar in India.

The leaders of both the countries directed their officials to explore the feasibility of construction of a rail link between Tamu and Mandalay in Myanmar. It was agreed that a team from India would be deputed to stude and prepare a Detailed project Report for the rail link between Tamu and Mandalay.

Both sides reviewed the security situation in their immediate neighbourhood and agreed upon the special need for enhancing close bilateral cooperation in Maritime Security. They also agreed to foster mutually beneficial and deepen defence cooperation between the two countries.

In this context, they noted with satisfaction the recent successful visit of Commander in Chief of the Defence forces in Myanmar to India. Besides institutionalized cooperation through regular coordinated patrolling initiatives, they agreed to focus on bilateral Maritime Cooperation in nontraditional security domains such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief which are critical for safeguarding the Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean as global commons.


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