TODAY -

Opening of Moreh-Tamu Border Gate

Dr. Puyam Rakesh *



I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. ---Jimmy Dean

Change is the only constant and we all are part of it. One such change is the opening of Indo-Myanmar border for greater engagement with the neighbouring countries. India and Myanmar signed the Land Border Crossing Agreement on May 11, 2018, during a visit to Myanmar by Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. Following this, the Moreh-Tamu and Reedhorda-Zokhawthar immigration check points were opened on August 8, 2018. This is a progress towards establishing connectivity from Moreh in India to Mae Sot in Thailand via Myanmar. The Trilateral Highway project will provide overland transport connectivity between India and South East Asia region.

Answering to a Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No. 1510 in August 2013 about opening land route to Myanmar, the Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs Preneet Kaur responded saying that “Government attaches high priority to promoting connectivity between India and South East Asia.” The initiatives taken up to open land routes to Myanmar and South East Asia would enhance border trade, tourism, people-to-people contacts and economic development of the border areas. It is a reality today.

The Moreh-Tamu border check point allows people holding passports and valid visas to enter and exit the check points thereby facilitating flow of people across the Indo-Myanmar border. According to an official data published by the Global New Light of Myanmar on October 6, 2018, the total number of foreign tourist entry from Tamu gate is recorded at 206. The composition of the travelers is 152 tourists and 54 businessmen. The people-to-people contacts will continue to expand after signing the Motor Vehicle Agreement and launch of the Imphal-Mandalay bus service.

 Opening of Moreh-Tamu Border Gate
Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar



The annual ‘Lai Haraoba’ festivals in Myanmar connect the Manipuris on both sides of the border. Youngsters from Manipur are visiting the neighbouring country to celebrate ‘Thingyan’ (New Year festival of Myanmar). Besides, the small film industry in Manipur has contributed to the cross-border cultural exchange through the production of ‘Mandalay Mathel’, a digital Manipuri film. A few tourists from Manipur have explored the beauty of cities such as Sagaing, Mandalay, Yangon and Inle Lake in Shan State, Myanmar. But these are the low-hanging fruits.

However, the real fruits of opening the Eastern Gate will come with trade, investment and educational exchanges. As we are talking about ‘Act East Policy’ we need to talk about the real business. Out of 54 businessmen who crossed the Tamu gate in September 2018, how many are sons and daughters of Manipur? The ruling heads in Manipur need to work on policies that can be implemented on the ground for short- and medium-term benefits. The theme should be economic productivity of Manipur.

Myanmar means business under India’s Act East Policy. On September 27-28, Myanmar Vice President Henry Van Thio toured Sagaing Region and inspected construction of road, dams and border check-points. The team inspected the site of the Mu River Bridge construction in Ye-U and the upgrading works of Yagyi-Kalewa Road and 69 bridges on Kalewa-Tamu Road with the Government of India providing US$54 million. The project for upgrading road and bridges is scheduled to start in 2018 and complete them by 2020.

In fact, the Tamu-Kalewa-Monywa road section will constitute an important section of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway. The team also visited the Tamu-Moreh border trade post in Sagaing Region where Myanmar Vice President said:
Manipur State has a population of more than 2.5 million, who depend upon goods from mainland India and exports from the Myanmar side. As such there is an opportunity to increase exports, all need to work together toward increasing the amount of exports. The market requirement of the other side needs to be continuously observed and, in addition to trade, travel business needs to be considered. Departments from the two countries are to coordinate changes that would result in ease of obtaining visas.


Following his tour in Sagaing Region, in early October, Vice President Henry Van Thio inspected the proposed site of a new bridge across the Manipur River in Falam Town, Chin State in Myanmar. The team also visited the site of the Manipur multi-purpose dam project. The Manipur River is the largest tributary of the Myittha River in Myanmar. Myanmar is planning to provide irrigation water to about 80,000 acres of farmlands and generate 380MW electricity from this project. However, no public discussion has been held in Manipur over the implications of the dam in Myanmar which is linked to Manipur’s lake and river ecosystem.

Manipur government needs to work on tapping the tourism potential of the state by building WWII tourist circuit connecting WWII sites in Myanmar and Northeast India. Loktak Lake in Manipur can have lake twinning (sister lakes) with Inle Lake in Shan State. Our productivity is far behind that of Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries. The focus should be on making policy to encourage productivity and export from Manipur under the Act East Policy. This can be brought only when the government works sincerely to deal with the anti-entrepreneurial culture in our society.

Manipur lacks entrepreneurial culture and the cultural inertia is stopping the youths from scaling higher in life. A healthy intervention by the government to encourage entrepreneurship and to keep the educated youths away from white collar jobs is the only way for Manipur. According to experts working on connection between culture and entrepreneurship, only when incentives change, culture responds. Becoming a successful entrepreneur should be the dream of many of our youths. Without the entrepreneurial attitude that encourages risk-taking and innovation in economic activities, the future of our society depends on imports from mainland India and the Myanmar side as rightly articulated by Myanmar Vice President Henry Van Thio.


* Dr. Puyam Rakesh wrote this article for e-pao.net
The writer can be reached at khuman_mei(AT)yahoo(DOT)com
This article was webcasted on October 10, 2018.



* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Rajkumar Singhajit : Tagore Award 2014
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • CAB: Khwairamband [10 Feb] #2: Gallery
  • Tribes India [Exhibition] #3 : Gallery
  • 'The Wishess' wins 1st NE Multimedia
  • Why Manipur is a self-alienated society ?
  • Antibiotic mismanagement- sleeping bomb
  • Rejoinder to NDPP :: NPF
  • The unwanted season for no good reason
  • 8 in the race for Cong ticket in Inner PC
  • Mukna - Indigenous Games : Gallery
  • Internet shutdown- only solution for govt ?
  • Keisham Priyokumar's short stories? #2
  • Revive Tabanglong Village
  • Without a Womb :: Poem
  • RPL trainees of Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
  • CAB award goes to CM ?
  • Demand release of Student Leader
  • Veewom's arrest: mockery of rule of law
  • Arduino & Raspberry-Pi workshop at ADBU
  • Lui-ngai-ni @Senapati #1: Gallery
  • Republic Day - Tableaux : Gallery
  • Marriage : Zeliangrongs & Tais #1
  • My Story :: Poem
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Quest for Federalism in Myanmar : Paper
  • Gatekeeper's management mantra
  • From Democracy to Dictatorial govt
  • Fresh twist to Citizenship Bill
  • Dzukou Valley, Senapati : Gallery
  • Chiraikangja, Apaibi :: eMing
  • Demand for ILP :: Articles/Photos...
  • Rules of the Road at Silicon Valley
  • What is a school meant for ?
  • Why meiteis should not be ST #3
  • Release Thokchom Veewom - II
  • Release Thokchom Veewom - I
  • Face scrubs to avoid dirt & dullness
  • SM4E Awards 2019 : Nomination open
  • After effect of CAB collapse
  • Need to look beyond CAB
  • Panel seeks support to save NH
  • Amuktang-Ga Haikho #2 : eRang
  • Exam Centre allocation for HSLC 2019
  • 3rd World Bamboo Workshop #2 : Gallery
  • Cry of a Dying River - 65 :: Poem
  • DIPR facts on Census confuse Pangals
  • Manipur Tourism: Global Mice Congress
  • Coping up with examination stresses
  • On Govt inability to present CAB
  • Breather for the North East
  • Henjunaha #2 :: Funga Wari
  • Sangai Chef: Season 1 : Gallery
  • CAB: Imphal I/W [12 Feb] #2: Gallery
  • Lui-Ngai-Ni -Naga Seed Sowing Fest
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Different opinions on CAB 2016
  • Change of B Voc Examination Schedule
  • Nagaland MP will vote against CAB
  • Overshadowing issues by CAB
  • RS adjourned till February 13
  • CAB: Imphal I/W [12 Feb] #1: Gallery
  • CAB: Blockade [7 Feb] #2: Gallery
  • Keisham Priyokumar's short stories? #1
  • Just a beautiful lie :: Poem
  • World Wetlands Day 2019
  • Protests against Union HRD Ministry
  • 'PDA trying to confuse Naga people'
  • The 'ban' of Internet
  • Setting date with February 12, 2019
  • NSCN (I-M) elects new leaders
  • Scientific Knowledge in Manuscript
  • Poppy destruction @CCpur : Gallery
  • Kishorechand Wangkhem's case
  • 70th Indian Republic Day #3 : Gallery
  • Hinduism and Indianess
  • CAB: Maharaj & Xenophobia :: WJ
  • Deciphering a laboratory test report
  • Stop discrimination against women
  • The falls of protracted leader
  • More than hinting CAB will be tabled
  • CAB: Khwairamband [10 Feb] #1: Gallery
  • Gaan-Ngai @Majorkhul #2 : Gallery
  • Human trafficking at Moreh
  • Why meiteis should not be ST #2
  • The Dark Light :: Poem
  • Exclusion of Pvt Teachers from HSLC
  • Pan Meetei met Ex Dy CM
  • NSS special camp 2019 concluded
  • NE to Bangkok flight from March
  • CAB: Khwairamband [9 Feb] : Gallery
  • Thamoise Foidattuna :: e-pao Radio
  • CAB Meira Rally #4 [30 Jan] : Gallery
  • Prof T Kameshwar: Reminiscence
  • Bamboo Cooking Competition: Final Day
  • Tips for healthier skin this winter
  • Sincerity matters
  • Awaiting final pact with NSCN (IM)
  • CAB: Blockade [7 Feb] #1: Gallery
  • 3rd World Bamboo Workshop #1 : Gallery
  • The panic radiated at War-Torn PAD
  • NE- Socio-Economic Development: Book
  • CAB- Consequences in Manipur
  • [ST] Demand for Constitutional Safeguard
  • 'ArP to observe Black Day during PM visit'
  • CAB date with RS on Feb 12 ?
  • Check Post (ICP) @ Moreh : Gallery
  • Tribes India [Exhibition] #2 : Gallery
  • Citizenship Bill, 2016: What to do now #4
  • It's a privilege to be a Rongmei
  • A Saviour Of My Own :: Poem
  • North East Startup Summit 2019
  • Budget : Full, half or quarter ?
  • BJP shows no concern for NE states
  • Mission schools under threat again
  • CAB : Blockade @Tiddim [6 Feb] : Gallery
  • Dolaithabi Barrage: Concealing Facts
  • 70th Indian Republic Day #2 : Gallery
  • Marketing Associates @ PiCiDi Systems
  • CAB, Political Parties and Manipur
  • The Novels Of BM Maisnamba #2
  • Employment in non-Govt sectors in Manipur
  • The board exam festival
  • NE voice on CAB: no worry for the BJP
  • Alienating natives & embracing foreigners
  • Henjunaha #1 :: Funga Wari
  • Movement against Citizenship Bill in NE
  • Bamboo Cooking Competition: Day 1 Report
  • Konthoujam Maikel (Painter) :: Profile
  • CAB Meira Rally #3 [30 Jan] : Gallery
  • Business as usual will fail on cancer control
  • Citizenship Bill: Thinking with ethics
  • STDCM reasserts Demand for ST
  • Nepal to SE Asia: Trafficking via Moreh
  • Symbolism in the Tribal Art #2
  • Aribam Syam return Padmashree to Govt
  • Cry of a Dying River - 64 :: Poem
  • Impact of AI and Robotics on Society
  • New MSAD Executive term 2019
  • Rejoinder from Shurhozelie Liezietsu -Feb 3
  • Festival to promote NE trade, tourism
  • Onetwo Okram : Singer- Profile :: eRang
  • CAB : Film Forum Protest : Gallery
  • Cultural: Republic Day #1: Gallery
  • Why Manipuri people oppose CAB? #2
  • Noting anti-CAB stand of NPP, NPF
  • CAB Gen Strike #1 [31 Jan] : Gallery
  • Match: 4th Women's Polo #3: Gallery
  • Citizenship Bill, 2016: What to do now #3
  • Truth of Manipur is inherent in nature
  • JRF required at IBSD, Imphal
  • Imoinu Erat Thouni #3 : Gallery
  • February Calendar for Year 2019 :: Tools
  • CAB Meira Rally #2 [30 Jan] : Gallery
  • The Novels Of BM Maisnamba #1
  • Screen time, effect on speech & language
  • Trainees Certificate of Lunglei, Mizoram
  • ST: Unfounded fear psychosis being spread
  • CAB Meira Rally #1 [30 Jan] : Gallery
  • CAB Protest #1 [29 Jan] : Gallery
  • Fellowship Meet of Maring Naga
  • Legal Awareness for Women leaders
  • Flowers for beauty
  • Opposing ST demand of STDCM
  • Gaan-Ngai @Namthanlong : Gallery
  • Why Manipuri people oppose CAB? #1
  • Citizenship Bill, 2016: What to do now #2
  • Oinam Shilla : Society Development Award
  • MIK (Manipuri in Kolkata) : Gallery
  • Match: 4th Women's Polo #2: Gallery
  • Why shouldn't Meitei be included in ST
  • Combing Operation @Hatta : Gallery
  • Laishram Bombayla : Padma Shri Award
  • Maisnam Renuka (Painter) : Profile
  • Thank You Note: Khumukcham Sanjita
  • Gaan-Ngai - festival of Kabui #2
  • Imoinu Erat Thouni #2 : Gallery
  • Rongmei and Kabui are one
  • Rani Khidir : Kalaritu (Laiyekpa) : Profile
  • Match: 4th Women's Polo #1: Gallery
  • Ranjit Ningthouja : Profile of a playwright
  • Imoinu Erat Thouni #1 : Gallery
  • Dr Thokchom Asha: Teacher Award
  • Purnima Ngangom (Printmaker) :: Profile
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • New Year picnic at Sekmai #2: Gallery
  • Manipuri Calendar for 2019 : Download
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2018 #6: Gallery
  • Irengbam Bedamani - Actress :: eRang
  • List of Restricted Holidays for 2019
  • List of Public Holidays for 2019
  • List of General Holidays for 2019
  • Fabrics of Bangladeshi Manipuri: Download
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS