Assam Set to
Promote Relationship with Burma
Mizzima News (www.mizzima.com)
January 15, 2004
With a view to further cementing their relationship with
Burma, the Assam Government has organised an international
conference on regional cooperation.
Thee major regional nations - China, Burma and Bangladesh
- have already confirmed their participation in the three-day
gathering starting on January 17. The ‘International
Conference on Regional Co-operation’ assumes significance
at a time when India has been accelerating its trade activities
with its regional Asian neighbours.
“It is a move to strengthen our relation with neighbouring
countries, particularly with Burma”, P. Gogoi told this
correspondent today. Gogoi, who is the vice-chairman of the
reception committee, said that a "huge delegation from
China and Burma are arriving in a day or two to discuss strengthening
of trade activities.”
"After the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA),
we should look for a separate agreement with China, Burma
and Bangladesh”, he added.
Gogoi revealed that the meet will also focus on reopening
of the famous Stilwell Road that crosses Burma from India
to China. The vice-chairman also claimed that the conference
is likely to constitute a platform to press for a reopening
of the Stillwell Road and to carry out a campaign for the
alignment of the trans-Asian Railway.
Gogoi opined that the Indian government should open more
trade points between north-east India and Burma to increase
trade. "Since the Indian Government has been laying stress
on increasing the volume of trade with south-east Asian countries,
north-east India should take advantage [of the likely increase