Myanmar on Monday inked a crucial MoU for the appointment of a private operator
of the Sittwe Port that will boost connectivity and help in creating local job
opportunities as the two sides discussed bilateral issues. The proposed port in
Myanmar will provide connectivity to the landlocked North Easern states of the
was signed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale after his meetings with Myanmar’s
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Union Minister of Transport and
Communications U Thant Sin Maung in Nay Pyi Taw.
called on Suu Kyi and discussed issues related to bilateral cooperation as well
as topics of common interest, including developments in the strife-torn Rakhine
matters relating to bilateral cooperation as well as matters pertaining to
international and regional matters of common interest were discussed during
this meeting,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs in
met Union Minister of Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung and
discussed issues related to connectivity and transport infrastructure being
developed by India in Myanmar, it said.
meeting, Foreign Secretary Gokhale and U Win Khant, Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Transport and Communications, signed the MoU for the appointment of
a private Port Operator for the operation and maintenance of Sittwe Port,
Paletwa Inland Water Terminal and associated facilities that are part of the
Kaladan Multi Model Transit Transport Project.
“This is a
significant step in the implementation of India’s Act East Policy as its
signing will enhance Myanmar’s connectivity including with India and add to the
development of the whole region, particularly in the Rakhine and Chin States of
Myanmar,” the statement said.
port in Myanmar will connect India’s landlocked north-east region to the Bay of
Bengal through Mizoram. It will also provide an alternate route to Kolkata.
an overall commitment of $ 1.75 billion for developmental program in Myanmar.