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Report: Dhaka eager to join India-Myanmar-Thailand highway

  • Published at 09:22 pm October 15th, 2016
Report: Dhaka eager to join India-Myanmar-Thailand highway
Bangladesh ‘wants to join’ India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) trilateral highway to boost regional connectivity for greater economic gains, according to a BBC report. The IMT trilateral highway is a highway under construction that will connect Moreh, India with Mae Sot, Thailand via Myanmar and likely to be completed by 2020. The ambitious three-nation highway that will connect India with Thailand through Myanmar is a central plank of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Act East policy, which seeks to boost trade and connectivity with Southeast Asia. The road is expected to boost trade and commerce in the Asean-India Free Trade Area, as well as with the rest of Southeast Asia. There is a plan for extending the highway to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. At this moment, discussions are going on to include Bangladesh in the planned tri-nation highway through Bimstec. The BBC Bangla report claimed that ahead of the Bimstec Outreach meeting, Bangladesh has conveyed that its one of the key aims at the outreach meeting will be to get connected with Thailand and South East Asia by building road connectivity through Myanmar. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves here for Goa on Sunday morning to attend the Bimstec Outreach Summit which the host country India considers as a ‘significant’ event. The theme of the Summit is ‘A partnership in Opportunities’ and the Outreach Summit is being organised on the sidelines of BRICS Summit that began on Saturday. During the visit, the premier will have an important bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.