India-Myanmar-Thailand highway to start by 2015-16

The proposed trilateral highway covering India, Myanmar and Thailand is expected to be operational by 2015-16. 

Trilateral Highway
Trilateral Highway will connect India, Myanmar and Thailand

Leading a business delegation, India’s Commerce and Industry Minister, Anand Sharma was attending the World Economic Forum on East Asia 2013 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

“India is working closely with Myanmar and Thailand to develop the trilateral highway as we call it. We are half-way there, and this should be fully operational by 2015-16,” Sharma said during a session – The Long-Term View.

The idea of the highway, from Moreh in Manipur to Mae Sot in Thailand, via Myanmar was conceived at the trilateral ministerial meeting on transport linkages in Yangon in April 2002. The highway represents the most significant step in the establishment of connectivity between India and South East Asian countries. “

The free trade agreement between India and ASEAN will act as a catalyst to boost trade and investment ties with countries in the region including Myanmar,” Sharma was quoted as saying by The Economic Times.

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