India Ambassador to Myanmar, Gautam Mukhopadhaya visited Mizoram yesterday to better acquaint himself with Mizoram and to get the real situation of the border areas with the hope of enhancing better Indo-Myanmar trade.
Mizonews.Net had reported that he also met Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Friday in Kolkata.
After his arrival in Aizawl on Saturday, Mukhopadhaya met Parliamentary Affairs Minister R.Romawia, Chief Secretary L.Tochhong and Chief Information Commissioner Lal Dingliana, and discussed several important issues.
Later, he also met Trade & Commerce Secretary B.Lalhmingthanga and staff besides leaders of Mizoram Chamber of Commerce and Mizoram Chamber of Industries at Mizoram state Guest House Conference Room, discussing with them strategies on how to further carry out Indo-Myanmar Border trade in a more effective way.
The ambassador said that the main purpose of his visit was to have a clear knowledge about Mizoram and of the areas along border besides to look into the various plans of making Mizoram useful to enhance better trade relation between India and Myanmar.
Complying with the request of Trade & Commerce officials for early commissioning of Land Custom Station at Zokhawthar, which has been set ready by Mizoram government for opening, the Ambassador assured to take necessary steps.
On being apprised on the several problems faced by tradesmen, he also assured necessary help. Regarding profitable use of Indo-Myanmar Trade, he suggests that the businessmen in Mizoram may think of exporting such items which have good market value in Myanmar.
Talking about the proposed Rih-tiddim-kalaymyo Road construction at Zokhawthar, which is aimed at boosting business transaction, he said that India acknowledges its importance, and therefore, active steps are being taken to soon construct the interconnecting road.
He added that consideration is also on to turn the villages along Mizoram border into crucial centres of border trade. He also mentioned of his plan to visit Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project at the earliest.
Mukhopadhaya said that Mizoram has the potential to cater to the needs of Myanmar with regards Education Service, Health Service, Power supply, Industries and other sectors.
He added that the settlers along Mizoram border are communicable in different Zo dialects, which, he think, creates a good and convenient situation for business venture.