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    Chinese film wins Thai road link upgrade tender
    10 Jul 2016

    A flatbed truck travels down a road on the outskirts of Kawkareik town in 2014.
    (Jared Downing / Frontier)

    A MULTIMILLION dollar road upgrade in Kayin State was the first project to be awarded to a Chinese company since the change of government in Myanmar, the online edition of the China Daily reported on July 8.

    The state-run newspaper quoted China Road and Bridge Co Ltd chairman Mr Wen Gang as saying the company had tendered successfully to upgrade a 65-kilometre section of highway between Eindu and Kawkareik, on the main road link between Myanmar and Thailand.

    The road forms part of the Asian highway network, as well as the 1,450km East-West Economic Corridor linking Mawlamyine and the Vietnamese port of Da Nang that is receiving financial support from the Asian Development Bank.

    China Daily quoted a construction engineer as estimating the cost of building 65km of four-lane road in Myanmar at between US$600 million and $700 million.

    As well as being the first tender awarded to a Chinese company since the National League for Democracy took power at the end of March it was also the first project awarded to CRBC for an ADB-funded project in Myanmar for many years, China Daily said.

    It quoted Wen as saying that as well as improving connectivity between Myanmar and Thailand, the road would contribute towards economic development in eastern Myanmar.

    The ADB said last November it would provide a loan of $100 million to upgrade 65km of road in Myanmar regarded as the “missing link” of the East-West Economic Corridor, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported.

    The East-West corridor is one of a series of economic cooperation projects involving the Greater Mekong Subregion, that comprises Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and China’s Yunnan Province. The ADB was a driving force behind the creation of the GMS in 1992.

    A 26km section of the road upgraded with assistance from Thailand was opened last August at a ceremony in the border town of Myawaddy attended by officials from the Myanmar and Thai governments and the Karen National Union.

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    Convoy leaves Delhi in rally to promote trilateral highway
    14 Nov 2016

    A convoy of 20 vehicles left New Delhi for Bangkok via Yangon on Sunday on a rally to highlight the potential of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway, media reports said.

    The inaugural friendship rally between the Indian and Thai capitals, over about 5,722 kilometres, is due to finish in Bangkok on December 2.

    The convoy of Indian-made vehicles, carrying about 80 participants from the three countries, will enter Myanmar at Tamu and travel to Yangon via Bagan.

    The rally’s route from New Delhi to the border with Myanmar will take it through Bodhgaya, one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage destinations where the Buddha first attained Enlightenment.

    The rally was flagged-off by India’s minister for transport and highways, Mr Mansukh L. Mandaviya, who said it would play an important role in developing economic, transport and cultural relations among the three countries.

    The main purpose of the rally was to create awareness that an all-weather road linking New Delhi and Bangkok would soon be operational, said India’s ANI newsagency.

    In November last year, India held a trial run of passenger vehicles on the section of the IMT Trilateral Highway between Imphal, the capital of its Manipur State, and Nay Pyi Taw, via Tamu, Mandalay and Bagan.

    A rally linking India, Myanmar and Thailand took place in May and June and involved 12 vehicles. It began in Itanagar, the capital of India’s Arunachal Pradesh State, and travelled to Bangkok via Tamu, Mandalay, Taunggyi and Kengtung.

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    Friendship Motor Car Rally from Delhi to Bangkok begins
    Wednesday, 16 November 2016

    India’s Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemical Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Lal Mandaviya flagged off a Friendship Motor Car Rally from India Gate lawns in Delhi to Bangkok on 13 November. His Excellency Chalit Manityakul, Ambassador of Thailand was also present on the occasion. The objective of the rally is to improve connectivity by road in the South-East Asian region and to sensitize the stakeholders of India Myanmar and Thailand Motor Vehicle Agreement regarding potential benefits of such a regulatory regime.

    While addressing the gathering, Shri Mandaviya said that this rally will also play an important role in developing the economic, transport and cultural relations between the three countries. He said that this rally will give a boost to the PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Act East Policy’ and will improve our relationship with our neighbouring countries. A commemorative stamp for IMT Rally, 2016 was also released on the occasion.

    The rally caravan will cover a distance of 5,722 KMs along the IMT Trilateral Highway with about 80 participants from all the three countries, in 20 Indian made vehicles on a journey from Delhi to Bangkok over 19 days. Ceremonial flag off will also be held in other cities and state capitals enroute like Sarnath, Bodhgaya, Patna, Siliguri, Guwahati, Shillong, Kohima and Imphal and Began and Yangoon in Myanmar and Bangkok in Thailand.

    The rally that will conclude at Bangkok on 2nd December, 2016, will further cement cultural and economic ties among the three nations and highlight the potential benefits of connectivity and integration in the region and in keeping with India’s focus on its close neighborhood.

    The basic purpose of this rally would be to sensitize people about the fact that an all-weatherroad , connecting New Delhi and Bangkok would soon be operational . With the opening of Trilateral highway, it would become a reality to travel from New Delhi to Bangkok by road.

    A trial run of passenger vehicles on the IMT Trilateral Highway up to Naypitaw in Myanmar was carried out during 9-14 November, 2015 in which Indian vehicles travelled to Myanmar on Imphal -Mandalay -Bagan- Naypitaw route and back and Myanmar vehicles joined the Indian vehicles on the return journey from Naypitaw to Imphal and returning to Myanmar.

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    Proposed India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway: India, Thailand hope to overcome challenges for early completion
    Sunny Verma
    March 30, 2018

    The highway will facilitate easy movement of goods and people among the three countries.

    Myanmar has earlier conveyed to India that it would proceed with the proposed motor vehicle agreement after comprehensively reviewing the implementation of similar arrangements it has with other countries. Even as Myanmar is having some concerns on signing a motor vehicle agreement to facilitate better connectivity on the proposed India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) trilateral highway, India and Thailand are hoping to overcome the challenges to ensure early completion of the flagship road for connecting South-East Asia. The highway will facilitate easy movement of goods and people among the three countries.

    “Thailand remains committed to the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Transport Linkage Project (Trilateral Highway Project) and looks forward to its timely completion. Once completed, greater flows of trade and investment will take place along the route, stimulating the movement of goods and people, creating jobs, promoting tourism as well as raising the livelihoods of the peoples in the region,” a senior official with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand told The Indian Express.

    In its report on trade with ASEAN released in December, 2017, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce noted that the IMT is crucial move but the Government of Myanmar is not keen on signing proposed India-Myanmar-Thailand Motor Vehicle agreement and taking it forward. The Committee recommended the Indian government to impress upon Myanmar for signing the agreement at the earliest arguing that any delay in executing the agreement would be a setback in establishing connectivity between the three countries.

    The official with the Thailand’s foreign ministry said the transport corridor can be turned into an economic corridor over time but that would require common regulations. “In this light, software harmonisation i.e. rules and regulations for a seamless cross-border flow is needed to complement the physical connectivity,” the official said.

    India is keen to move fast on the 1,360-kilometer-long IMT highway, which will Moreh in Manipur to Mae Sot in Thailand through Tamu, Kalewa, Yargi, Monywa, Mandalay, Baw Nat Gyi, Kawkareik and Myawaddy in Myanmar. India has committed to implement two projects on the IMT Trilateral Highway — construction of 69 bridges on 150 km Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa section, and upgradation of 120 km road on Kalewa-Yargi section in Myanmar.

    The National Highways Authority of India has been appointed as the technical executing agency and project management consultant for implementing this project. India is upgrading the Kalewa-Yargi road section under grant assistance Myanmar and the estimated cost of the project is Rs 1,177.02 crore. The work for this particular section was awarded in December 2017 by NHAI, while the work for 69 bridges was awarded in September 2017.

    Myanmar has earlier conveyed to India that it would proceed with the proposed motor vehicle agreement after comprehensively reviewing the implementation of similar arrangements it has with other countries. In its report, the Parliamentary Standing Committee has also recommended extending the IMT Highway to Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam as that would be beneficial in facilitating trade and promoting production networks.

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