Foreign Policy Watch: India-ASEAN

Govt, ASEAN in talks to take IMT highway up to Vietnam

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Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional & global groupings & agreements involving India &/or affecting India’s interests

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highway, ASEAN

Mains level: Various regional connectivity agreements involving India and their current status


IMT highway to be extended

  1. The government is in talks with ASEAN countries to extend the India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highway up to Vietnam
  2. India and ASEAN countries are holding consultations on the extension of the 1,360 km IMT highway — from Moreh in India to Mae-Sot in Thailand — to Laos, Cambodia and to Vietnam

Other such agreements

  1. Another area on which the government is working to connect India with South East Asia is the IMT Motor Vehicle Agreement (IMT MVA)
  2. India, Myanmar and Thailand in 2014 commenced negotiations for finalising and implementing the IMT Motor Vehicle Agreement (IMT MVA)

Benefits of connectivity

  1. Connectivity can generate annually, an estimated USD 70 billion in incremental GDP and 20 million in incremental aggregate employment by 2025
  2. Connecting India with the Southeastern countries through a network of road will create jobs, market for crops grown in hilly regions of the Northeast which will also help growers in getting better price for their produce

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