The Government of India has worked to extend air, land and sea routes to strengthen trade links with Myanmar and establish a gas pipeline. While the involvement of India’s private sector has been low and growing at a slow pace, both governments are proceeding to enhance cooperation in agriculture, telecommunications, information technology, steel, oil, natural gas, hydrocarbons and food processing.
Border trade between India and Myanmar is likely to be accelerated after detailed deliberations that customs officials would be posted at the land customs station at Nampong and other places to immediately take up trade activities.
It was also agreed that Ministry of External Affairs would initiate action for the development of road infrastructure in the bordering areas and that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and other state Governments would send pending project proposals for industrial development in the area to Ministry of Commerce in Myanmar at the earliest.
The Myanmar Government, in turn, was requested to initiate pending action to set up a corresponding land customs station within their border near Nampong and other places. These decisions were taken at a meeting between Union Minister of State (MoS) for Commerce and Industry E M Sudarshana Natchiappan, MoS for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Minister Setong Sena and officers from the Commerce, Home Affairs and External Affairs ministries at New Delhi.