India- Myanmar agreed to operationalize Sittwe Port.

Ministry of External Affairs have notified that India and Myanmar have agreed to operationalise the Sittwe port in the Rakhine state by first quarter of 2021. This decision was taken after a two day long visit of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General M M Naravane and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to Myanmar on October 4 to 5, 2020.

Agreements

  • Both sides agreed to strengthen their connectivity projects, capacity building, power and energy partnership.
  • They agreed to deepen economic and trade ties.
  • The would work to facilitate people to people and cultural exchanges.
  • Further, they would work to broad-base their defense exchanges across all the three services.
  • Both sides agreed to deepen cooperation to overcome the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • They discussed the progress of Trilateral Highway and the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project.

India’s assistance

  • 3000 vials of Remdesivir was presented to the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. It symbolises India’s commitment to assist Myanmar to fight against the ongoing pandemic.
  • India announced a grant of USD 2 million for the construction of the border haat bridge at Byanyu/Sarsichauk in Chin State. This will boost the economic connectivity between Mizoram and Myanmar.

Cultural deal

  • Both sides discussed the translation of Indian epics in Burmese language to enhance the cultural ties.
  • They also discussed about the plan to install a bust of Lokmanya Tilak in Mandalay so as to commemorate his 100th death anniversary. This is being done in the light that- Lokmanya tilak wrote Gita Rahasya, which is a commentary on the Bhagvadgita, in Mandalay jail of Myanmar.