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
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.