The Government is in talks with ASEAN countries to extend the
India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highway up to Vietnam, a senior official said on
India and ASEAN countries are holding consultations on the extension of the
1,360 km IMT highway – from Moreh in India to Mae-Sot in Thailand — to Laos,
Cambodia and to Vietnam, she said.
Formal discussions to extend the highway to Vietnam have started and ...we
have also announced a certain line of credit for the purpose on certain
projects," said Dakshita Das, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport
She was speaking at the ASEAN-India Connectivity Summit, organised in New
Delhi by industry body CII.
Once we connect, we have a tremendous potential in terms of incremental
GDP. Connectivity can generate annually, an estimated 70 billion US Dollars in
incremental GDP and 20 million in incremental aggregate employment by
2025," she said.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), has 10 member nations —
Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam,
Vietnam, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Cambodia.
Das said that another area on which the government is working to connect
India with South East Asia is the IMT Motor Vehicle Agreement (IMT MVA). India,
Myanmar and Thailand in 2014 commenced negotiations for finalising and implementing
the IMT Motor Vehicle Agreement (IMT MVA).
Framework MVAs need to be urgently concluded to utilise the physical road
infrastructure on IMT Trilateral Highway and ASEAN that are central to
completing the vision of India-ASEAN connectivity, Das said.
Connecting India with the Southeastern countries through a network of roads
will create jobs, a market for crops grown in hilly regions of the Northeast
which will also help growers in getting a better price for their produce, he