In a bid to promote contact in terms of trade, culture, and adventure among the three countries, the ASEAN highway connecting India, Myanmar, and Thailand has opened.
The most critical section of this AH 1 (Asian Highway No. 1), between Myawaddy – Thinggan Nyenaung – Kawkareik linking India, Myanmar, and Thailand has been officially put into service this weekend. Many high ranking officials attended the inaugural ceremony of the service on Sunday.
AH 1 spans from Moreh in India to Thailand’s Maesot via Myanmar’s Tamu, Mandalay, and Myawaddy.
With the opening of this road, the North East Federation on International Trade (NEFIT), a trade body of exporters and importers from North East India, has announced a unique 7000 km, 19 day return road trip starting from Guwahati to Bangkok and back from November 2nd.
There are many interesting things on the agenda for this trip. Business and adventure-tourism enthusiasts will be able to explore the new road routes, meet leading delegates from government and trade bodies, and exchange ideas while discovering new cultural connections.
ASEAN Highway a Sign of Cooperation with China and India
AH 1 originated with the idea that with more connected infrastructure among the Asian countries, the region would be able to develop itself into a more formidable economic block.
According to Bijoy Phangcho, the working President of NEFIT, “Global analysts have predicted that more cooperation amongst India, China, and South Asian nations will bring about a rapid economic growth affecting positive changes in the standard of living of the people of these nations. If such a development takes place, together they will be able to place themselves as a formidable economic block. This requires a truly sincere regional cooperation among these nations in all aspects like policy, economic, and cultural development.”
Government bodies from all three countries are supporting projects such as AH 1. Many businesses and trade deals will be inked across all sectors to promote regional policies such as ‘Make in India’ and ‘Look East’ in line with the Government of India and its counterparts.
The ASEAN highway strengthens regional connections in other ways besides logistics. There are cultural and historical similarities between the three countries, and closer ties will result from new roads.
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