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India-Myanmar-Thailand Joint Task Force Meeting on the Trilateral Highway Project

September 11, 2012

  • The India-Myanmar-Thailand Joint Task Force Meeting on the Trilateral Highway Project was held in New Delhi on 10-11 September 2012.
  • The meeting enabled the three sides to review the present status of the project and discuss future steps. It was recalled that the idea of a Trilateral Highway from Moreh in India to Mae Sot in Thailand through Myanmar was conceived at the Trilateral Ministerial Meeting on Transport Linkages in Yangon in April 2002. The Trilateral Highway represents the most significant step in the establishment of connectivity between India and the South East Asian countries. This was visualized as a Highway of opportunity and friendship that would facilitate not just the movement of goods and services, but also of people and ideas.
  • The three sides agreed to make all efforts to establish Trilateral connectivity by 2016. It was also agreed that steps be initiated to address issues related to the harmonisation of customs and immigration procedures at border checkposts to enable the seamless movement of goods and people to realise the full potential of the Trilateral Highway.
  • It was agreed that the next meeting of the Task Force would take place in Myanmar or Thailand on mutually convenient dates. It was also agreed that a Ministerial Meeting on Transport Linkages may be considered after finalisation of the alignment and financial arrangements.

New Delhi
September11, 2012

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