NE crucial in India-Myanmar relations

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By Our Correspondent
NEW DELHI, April 14: A brainstorming session on Indo-Myanmar economic relationships was held Thursday at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi.

The session was organized with an objective to chart out India’s plan of action in the light of the recent political and policy developments in Myanmar by Delhi based Research and Information System of the Developing Countries, a think-tank of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India.

 The seventeen member group included among others economist Amar Yumnam of Manipur University.

Others who deliberated extensively on the issue included Shyam Saran, former Ambassador to Myanmar, V. S. Sheshadri, present Ambassador, Biswajit Dhar, Director General of RIS, chief functionaries of Indian corporate houses now undertaking projects in Myanmar and ministry officials.

 The two Ambassadors spoke on connectivity, involvement of the Indian corporate sector and the huge interest being taken by different countries from all over the world in the wake of the recent policy and political changes in the resource rich country.

Economist Amar Yumnam stressed the need for the great potential of Myanmar for picking up the speed of growth sooner than later to levels of the Asian tigers.

He also spoke of the ASEAN strategies and the need for appreciating the new character of global economic relationships going much beyond   merchandise and involving even cultural components.

He also spoke of a more comprehensive approach than just exports and imports.

He emphasised the imperatives of attending to the scenario of North East and Bangladesh while designing policies for dovetailing to the larger scenario of Asia.

This view was also supported by later speakers from the corporate houses and Commerce ministry.

The representatives of the corporate houses spoke of the need and urgency of the Government of India to be more pro-active and integrated in her approach.

The meeting emphasised further interactions between government and corporate houses and need for integrated approach by both the sides.

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