In a bid to promote contact in terms of trade, culture, and adventure among the three countries, the 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. The Vice President of Myanmar, U Nyan Tun, the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Somkid Jatusripitak, and the Chairman of the Kayin National Union, General Saw Mutu Sae Po were present at the opening ceremony.
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. The 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.
A Sign of Cooperation Between China, India and ASEAN
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 the words of Mr. 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 like ministries of external affairs, commerce, and tourism 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 highway strengthens connections throughout ASEAN and India in more ways than just the ease of logistics. There are cultural and historical similarities between the three countries that will now open up new vistas for travel, tourism, and adventure sports enthusiasts as well. Regional cooperation among these geographically contiguous countries is expected to help trade relations by successfully mobilizing local resources and fully utilizing them.
In addition, a cornerstone laying ceremony was also held at Myawaddy on Sunday for the building of the Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Bridge No.2 to link Myanmar and India, and a new bus service between Imphal and Mandalay has also been introduced. Developments such as these benefit all of Asia.