Minister Biswajit urges industries minister, Piysh Goyal for availing of e-visa facilities at ICP Moreh
IMPHAL | Sep 12
Works minister, Thongam Biswajit has urged commerce and industries minister, Piyush Goyal to extend support in providing a facility for availing e-visa at the Integrated Check Post, Moreh and creation of a logistic part in the State for developing border trade between India and its neighbouring country Myanmar through the border town, Moreh.
Biswajit revealed about his meeting the commerce and industry minister while speaking at the Border Trade meeting organised by director general of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry at Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi.
The meeting discussed about the development programmes and issues faced by the state and union territories of the country concerning trade and commerce.
At the meeting which was attended by commerce and industries ministers of different states and UTs, Biswajit stated that the opening of a Land Port at Moreh town of Manipur on 2018 under the Act East Policy of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has inspired the people of Manipur in the field of trade and commerce.
While noting that the 43 percent of the world population is located in South East Asia, he pointed out that the countries, China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand comprises 22 percent of the East Asian countries while remaining 21 percent lie at South Asian countries. He further noted that Manipur being the bridge connecting the South East Asian countries and India, the state can work to get maximum benefits out of it.
Concerning the ongoing Indo-Myanmar Border Trade, he said that it was initiated on April 22, 1995 after signing an agreement between the two countries on January 21, 1994.
However, the advantage of 40 percent tariff concession which existed was removed as per a notification from the India government of 2015, he said.
Therefore, he urged the union minister to reintroduce to 40 percent tariff concession for the development of Manipur.
To improve border trade between two countries, he also urged for initiation of required work from RBI for development of Banking infrastructure at Moreh and provide facilities for EXIM-Export Import Financial transaction.
He further urged the Union Minister on the need to avail facilities for FOREX-Full fledged Money changer in the State for advancement of International Trade.
The minister further said the products from 3rd Countries such as Thailand, laos, Vietnam, China, Cambodia etc., are in demand at Indian states. However, there is no Transit Permit/Transit Duty system though these products are brought into the country through Manipur from Myanmar, he further said while adding the absence of transit duty system has increased in illegal trade activities. He urged for the introduction of the system in Manipur while pointing out how it will bring in more revenue to both the countries.
Concerning the introduction of e-visa facilities at CIP Moreh, he pointed out that currently such facilities are available only at Mandalay and Yangoon in Myanmar and this has caused many inconveniences.
He noted that a facility must be made available at Kalimiyo in Myanmar so that it will help in more travel in tourism between the two countries. Medical tourism as well as businesses will be also increased, he said.
The minister further said the state is trying to build a logistic park and the site has been recognised. He then urged the central government to extend support in realising the goal as it will help in the industrialisation of the State.
The occasion was attended by principal secretary, Textiles, Commerce and Industries, P. Vaiphei.
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