Ma­nipur and Sa­gaing hold busi­ness co­op­er­a­tion meet­ing

hold busi­ness co­op­er­a­tion meet­ing

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

Del­e­gates from Ma­nipur State of In­dia, Sa­gaing Re­gion, Man­dalay Re­gion, In­dia-Myan­mar Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Sa­gaing Pro­mot­ers Group met in Man­dalay on the 29 Jan­uary to dis­cuss cross-border and re­gional co­op­er­a­tion. The In­dian gov­ern­ment and the In­dian busi­ness com­muity has been mak­ing ef­forts to strengthen their re­la­tion­ship with Myan­mar and other ASEAN coun­tries, in­clud­ing a wel­come to ASEAN del­e­ga­tions on their 69th Repub­lic Day in New Delhi – all part of steps to en­vi­ro­rate In­dia’s Act East Pol­icy. Fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions at the meet­ing to­day in Man­dalay, the par­tic­i­pants agreed the fol­low­ing points:

"We would like to in­vite the in­vestors from In­dia to in­vest in Myo Thar In­dus­trial Zone and Phone Oo Lwin New Man­dalay Re­sort in Man­dalay Re­gion," Dr Zaw Myint Maung, Chief Min­is­ter of Man­dalay Re­gion Gov­ern­ment.

This meet­ing and a sub­se­quent meet­ing was or­ga­nized by Mizzima Foun­da­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Em­bassy of In­dia in Yan­gon, Con­sulate Gen­eral of In­dia in Man­dalay and In­dia-Myan­mar Cham­ber of Com­merce. The lo­cal gov­ern­ments of Man­dalay Re­gion and Sa­gaing Re­gion co­op­er­ated for the meet­ings.

Tourism

1. To fa­cil­i­tate tourists of both coun­tries, visa on ar­rival fa­cil­i­ties needs to be opened im­me­di­ately at Moreh, In­dia and Tamu, Myan­mar.

2. Peo­ple in Sa­gaing Re­gion and ad­ja­cent States who are pre­dom­i­nantly Bud­dhist keep trav­el­ling to the Bodh Gaya via Yan­gon which ex­pen­sive. Im­phal (cap­i­tal of Ma­nipur State) which is only 110 KMs from the border, has an in­ter­na­tional air­port that can ex­tend ser­vice to hun­dreds of Bud­dhist pil­grims to Bodh Gaya.

3. We have to have a tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tesr in Man­dalay and Tamu and Im­phal to help the tourists of both coun­tries.

4. One di­rect flight from Im­phal to Man­dalay that may fur­ther con­nect Bangkok/Chaing­mai and Kun­ming.

5. When it comes to the health sec­tor, the peo­ple in the border ar­eas of Myan­mar should be able to visit health cen­ters in Ma­nipur with­out a pass­port and visa by spe­cial ar­range­ment. It mus be noted that most vil­lagers are not in possession of pass­ports whereas health care is a hu­man prob­lem. This needs to be im­me­di­ately ad­dressed.

Border Trade be­tween In­dia and Myan­mar

1. Third coun­try prod­ucts which are presently ei­ther com­ing from Myan­mar through Nam­pha­long (Tamu town) or Moreh (In­dia) il­le­gally should be le­gal­ized/al­lowed. Sev­eral goods which are ba­si­cally Chi­na­made are al­lowed to ex­port to ma­jor In­dian ci­ites such as Kolkata, Chen­nai, Mum­bai should be al­lowed to trade on land route through Moreh (In­dia) or Tamu (Myan­mar).

2. Move­ment of ve­hi­cles like cars and trucks from both Man­dalay and Sa­gaing to Im­phal and Guwahati via Tamu/Moreh and vice-versa should be per­mit­ted. This will re­duce costs of trans­porta­tion, travel time and also other in­con­ve­niences etc.

3. Open­ing of fa­cil­i­ties like Visa on Ar­rival at the border town of Moreh (In­dia) and Tamu (Myan­mar) with English speak­ing of­fi­cials/staff at im­mi­gra­tion of­fices.

4. Yu­nan Prov­ince of China, Man­dalay and Sa­gaing and North East Re­gion of In­dia should be taken as an In­te­grated Eco­nomic Zone. 5. Re­lax­ation of re­stric­tion im­posed by Gov­ern­ment of In­dia on

ex­ports of 3 types of Beans/pulses from Myan­mar to In­dia re­quired im­me­di­ately.

6. Cur­rent tax­a­tion of 40% on (im­port from Myan­mar to In­dia) be­tel nuts by In­dia across the border should be ex­empted or a re­duced tax per­cent­age.

7. Myan­mar was ex­port­ing In­dia beans and pulses for years. And we re­quest the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment to re­quest In­dia to al­low it based on nor­mal duty struc­ture as it does with cer­tain other coun­tries (ex. US, Canada and Aus­tralia).

8. For­mal rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Cen­tral gov­ern­ments of both coun­tries should be in­cluded in fu­ture busi­ness meet­ings (twice a year). 9. Both coun­tries can have con­ces­sional rates for air cargo for par­tic­u­lar items par­tic­u­larly medicines.

10. We (the busi­nesses from both coun­tries) are in­ter­ested in look­ing into pos­si­ble in­vest­ment in In­dus­trial Zones (small and medium size) ei­ther in Man­dalay or Sa­gaing.

11. To tar­get SMEs (small and medium size busi­nesses). In­for­ma­tion on pro­mo­tion of SMEs (Myan­mar side) should be shared to In­dia (and Ma­nipur State) so that Ma­nipur State and other States in In­dia can par­tic­i­pate in such ac­tiv­i­ties. The web­sites of MRCCI and SRCCI will have up­dated in­for­ma­tion. Pos­si­bil­ity of sign­ing the MoU be­tween MRCCI, SRCCI and IMCC will be fol­lowed-up.

12. We rec­om­mend the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment make clear poli­cies on trade, busi­ness and tax­a­tion.

Health Sec­tor

1. Med­i­cal tourism is very good for busi­ness but it needs con­nec­tiv­ity and it needs at least one di­rect flight ev­ery­day from any city from Myan­mar to Im­phal.

2. We need to get Visa on Ar­rival (at Tamu and at Moreh) for both sides so that Myan­mar peo­ple can travel to Im­phal and Vice Versa.

3. Set­ting up a hospi­tal in Tamu with the as­sis­tance of In­dia or through PPP can be an op­tion.

4. Free cor­rec­tive surg­eries for Cleft Lip and Palate can be done free of cost at SHIJA hospi­tal in Im­phal un­der SMILE Train New York (travel ex­penses to some ex­tent can be sup­ported).

5. SHIJA hospi­tal in Ma­nipur is ready to ex­tend highly sub­si­dized (less than 50 per­cent­age charge) cataract surgery to one lakh blind pop­u­la­tion of Sa­gaing (due to cataract).

6. Ma­nipur State is noted for nurs­ing and paramed­i­cal cour­ses (train­ing the nurses) and Lab Tech­ni­cians. Train­ing fa­cil­i­ties for med­i­cal care can be pro­vided by Ma­nipur if Myan­mar re­quires.

Me­dia

1. Com­mon plat­form for the jour­nal­ists, edi­tors, and other me­dia per­sons of In­dia and Myan­mar needs to be es­tab­lished (based on 11 points agree­ment of both coun­tries).

2. To in­clude me­dia re­lated com­modi­ties such as newsprint, pa­pers, print­ing ma­chines, inks, elec­tronic equip­ment and oth­ers in border trade be­tween In­dia and Myan­mar.

3. Reg­u­lar in­ter­ac­tion be­tween jour­nal­ists of the two coun­tries as a reg­u­lar pro­gramme should be es­tab­lished.

4. Ex­change pro­gram for Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Journalism Train­ers, pro­fes­sion­als should be done.

Oth­ers

1. Tech­ni­cal and skill de­vel­op­ment cour­ses can be pro­vided by Ma­nipur Gov­ern­ment if Myan­mar re­quires.

2. Reg­u­lar ex­change pro­grams among Uni­ver­si­ties of Man­dalay, Monywa and Ma­nipur can be con­sid­ered.

Photo: Thant Zin Tun for Mizzima

Par­tic­i­pants rec­og­nized the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able by work­ing more closely to­gether.

Photo: Thant Zin Tun for Mizzima

Man­dalay Chief Min­is­ter.Dr Zaw Myint Maung.

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