The Telegraph
Tuesday , December 6 , 2011
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Myanmar interest in Bengal

Khin Maung Win in Calcutta on Monday. Picture by Kishor Roy Chowdhury

Calcutta, Dec. 5: A trade delegation from the Monywa industrial zone in the Sagaing region of Myanmar today met Bengal government officials to discuss the possibilities of greater economic partnership.

“We met Bengal small and medium enterprises minister Manas Bhunia today and the outcome has been positive. Sectors such as food packaging, textile, leather and auto parts are the primary areas where the two states can look forward to greater trade and investment,” Khin Maung Win, chairman of the Monywa industrial zone, told The Telegraph on the sidelines of an interactive session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce.

Win said Bhunia had advised the delegation to put forward their views and opinions with the industry associations who could forward them to the state government.

The visit of the 16-member delegation will help India and Myanmar to achieve the bilateral trade target of $5 billion by 2017. At the end of last year, trade between the two countries stood at $1.5 billion.

M.K. Saharia, chairman of ICC Northeast initiative, said more than 90 per cent of the trade between the two countries took place through the sea route despite having two land routes approved by the Centre.