India, Myanmar to enhance engagement in agriculture, renewable energy and power sector

Newsroom24x7 Staff

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi at the Joint Press Statement, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on 19 October 2016.

New Delhi: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi today announced that India and Myanmar have agreed to enhance engagement in several areas including agriculture, renewable energy and power sector.

The Prime Minister, jointly with State Counsellor of Myanmar Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, was briefing the media here after extensive discussions on the full range of partnership between India and Myanmar. Modi said that the Myanmar leader’s clear vision, mature leadership, struggle and eventual success in establishing democracy in Myanmar has inspired people across the world.

Modi stated that the security interests of India and Myanmar are closely aligned adding both India and Myanmar have agreed to coordinate closely to ensure security in the areas along the border, and sensitivity to each other’s strategic interests.

India has a robust development cooperation programme with Myanmar, the PM said drawing attention to the the mega connectivity projects like Kaladan and Trilateral Highway, and other projects in the fields of human resource development, healthcare, training and capacity building.

India’s nearly US Dollars 1.75 billion of development assistance is centered on people. And, is in line with the priorities of Myanmar government and its people, stated Modi.

The PM announced that India will develop a Varietal Development and Seed Production Centre in Yezin in Myanmar to enhance the quality of seeds. Both countries will also work to develop a mutually beneficial arrangement for trade in pulses. They have also offered to scale up the power supply from Moreh in Manipur to Tamu in Myanmar. The two countries will also partner in a pilot LED electrification project at a site designated by the Government of Myanmar.The MOU on Cooperation in the Power Sector signed just today will help create the framework for advancing our linkages in this important sector.

The societies of both ountries enjoy a cultural connect that is centuries old, Modi said adding India has offered assistance in restoring pagodas damaged in the recent earthquake in Myanmar. The Archaeological Survey of India will also soon begin work on restoring two old temples and inscriptions of King Mindon and King Baygyidaw in Bodh Gaya.

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