Myanmar signs slew of agreements with India
John Liu Myanmar Times Thu, Feb 28, 2020
President U Win Myint shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo – Sanjay Sharma
NAYPYITAW – Myanmar and India inked 10 memoranda of understandings (MOUs) on Thursday, from infrastructure to humanitarian assistance, during President U Win Myint’s four-day visit.
The MOUs were on prevention of human trafficking, environmental protection, petroleum product cooperation, health research, communications cooperation, and four on Rakhine State development. The Myanmar leader also met with Indian President Shri Ram Nath Kovind.
India seeks to engage with Myanmar under its Act East and Neighbourhood First policies initiated by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India is the fifth-largest trading partner of Myanmar. Bilateral trade between the two grew 8 percent during 2018-19, and their trade is worth US$1.7 billion.
President U Win Myint arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday, and will visit Bodh Gaya and Agra before returning to Myanmar on Saturday.
The MOUs include:
Cooperation for Prevention of Trafficking in Persons; Rescue, Recovery, Repatriation and Re-Integration of Victims of Trafficking
Agreement regarding Indian Grant Assistance for Implementation of Quick Impact Projects
Agreement between Rakhine State Government and Embassy of India, Yangon, for construction of incinerator in Mrauk-U township hospital, construction of seed storage houses and water supply systems in Gwa township under Rakhine State Development Programme
Agreement between Rakhine State Government and Embassy of India, Yangon, for distribution of electricity by solar power in five townships of Rakhine State under Rakhine State Development Programme
Agreement between Rakhine State Government and Embassy of India, Yangon, for construction of Kyawlyaung-Ohlphyu road, construction of Kyaung Taung-Kyaw Paung road in Buthedaung township under Rakhine State Development Programme
Agreement between Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and Embassy of India, Yangon, for construction of pre-schools under Rakhine State Development Programme
Cooperation on Combating Timber Trafficking, and Conservation of Tigers and other Wildlife
Cooperation on petroleum products between India Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Myanmar Ministry of Electricity and Energy
Cooperation on communications between India Ministry of Communications and Myanmar Ministry of Transport and Communications
Cooperation in health research between Indian Council of Medical Research and Department of Medical Research, Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports
From: MYANMAR TIMES, MYANMAR, Thu, Feb 28, 2020