$100m for Myanmar trilateral highway

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A new highway will link Myanmar, India and Thailand

About $100 million of a $500-million loan granted by India has been earmarked for building and improving roads in the Myanmar part of the trilateral highway which will link India, Myanmar and Thailand.

The credit line was extended during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s historic visit on May 28 as a part of 11 other major deals signed between the nations.

The funds will be used to build or improve over 1,600 kilometers of road in Myanmar. The country will receive additional support from the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.

The 3,200-kilometer route will pass through India’s Nagaland into Myanmar’s Sagaing Division through to Mae Sot in Thailand.

“This will connect India with Myanmar all the way down to Mandalay. After that, we will connect with a place where the Thai authorities are building a highway, which is 63 kilometers from the Thai border into Myanmar,” the Indian ambassador to Bangkok told The Nation in an interview.

“It will play a crucial role in boosting trade and investment flows in the three countries, creating jobs and other benefits,” he said.

Ethnic tensions on both the India and Myanmar borders could, however, prove to be challenging with some segments of the project.

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland in India’s conflict-ridden northeast has long used Myanmar’s Sagaing Division as a recruitment and training base for rebels.

The division has a sizeable Naga population and is also home to the Chin National Front, an insurgency group that recently signed a ceasefire agreement with the Myanmar government.

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A new highway will link Myanmar, India and Thailand

About $100 million of a $500-million loan granted by India has been earmarked for building and improving roads in the Myanmar part of the trilateral highway which will link India, Myanmar and Thailand.

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A new highway will link Myanmar, India and Thailand

About $100 million of a $500-million loan granted by India has been earmarked for building and improving roads in the Myanmar part of the trilateral highway which will link India, Myanmar and Thailand.

The credit line was extended during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s historic visit on May 28 as a part of 11 other major deals signed between the nations.

The funds will be used to build or improve over 1,600 kilometers of road in Myanmar. The country will receive additional support from the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.

The 3,200-kilometer route will pass through India’s Nagaland into Myanmar’s Sagaing Division through to Mae Sot in Thailand.

“This will connect India with Myanmar all the way down to Mandalay. After that, we will connect with a place where the Thai authorities are building a highway, which is 63 kilometers from the Thai border into Myanmar,” the Indian ambassador to Bangkok told The Nation in an interview.

“It will play a crucial role in boosting trade and investment flows in the three countries, creating jobs and other benefits,” he said.

Ethnic tensions on both the India and Myanmar borders could, however, prove to be challenging with some segments of the project.

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland in India’s conflict-ridden northeast has long used Myanmar’s Sagaing Division as a recruitment and training base for rebels.

The division has a sizeable Naga population and is also home to the Chin National Front, an insurgency group that recently signed a ceasefire agreement with the Myanmar government.

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