Imphal: India and Myanmar have decided to shape up the proposed joint-venture thermal power project in Myanmar’s Sagaing region, boosting the bilateral ties of the two neighboring countries.

A joint meeting to this effect was held on Monday in the office of Tamu township military headquarters in Myanmar, about 5 Km from Manipur’s border town Moreh, a source said.

The gateway to southeast Asia and a focal point of India’s ambitious ‘Look East Policy’, Moreh has witnessed rapid progress of the economic development projects since the past few years. If the power project is successfully implemented, India would provide financial assistance and the required equipment for it, while Myanmar would offer the required land, the source added.

Manipur commerce and industry minister Govindas Konthoujam and Indian consulate general in Mandalay, N Nandakumar represented India, while union minister U Khin Maung Soe of the ministry of electric power, Sagaing region, led the Myanmar delegation at the meeting.

U Khin Maung, who was enthusiastic in setting up the power project, said he would discuss the matter with his country’s top leaders and inform the same to India. Minister Govindas urged the Myanmarese delegates to extend support to the construction of the proposed Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Moreh aimed at boosting the ongoing commercial activities in Myanmar. On Govindas’ appeal to release six Manipuris, who were apprehended by Myanmar Army, the neighboring country’s delegates dropped positive hints, stating that the issue of releasing the captives would be considered.

Power officials, trade and chamber of commerce unit leaders both the countries attended the meeting. Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, who addressed the meeting titled “Region Investment and Business Conclave” in the Sagaing region in May this year, had called upon Indian investors not to think for India alone but also Myanmar so that the two countries could co-exist.

Ibobi Singh suggested that investment in the Sagaing region is very much possible in power sector by generating power in the thermal power plants, agro-industries. He suggested setting up of educational institutions and hospitals during the conclave attended by hordes of Indian businessmen.

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