BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct 10 – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Myanmar President Thein Sein agreed to a bilateral meeting for further cooperation of both countries.
At a sildeline meeting during the 23rd ASEAN Summit and other related summits on October 9-10 held in Brunei Darussalam, Thai Government Spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi said of the meeting’s result that both countries agreed upon opening their mutual border to increase and develop trade as well as visits among the peoples, particularly at Myawaddy and Tha Chi Lek.
Thailand proposed Myanmar to apply a ‘national single window’ measure to prevent goods smuggling through the borders, causing both countries loss of benefits from tax collection. Thailand is ready to support the technology and provide knowledge to Myanmar in such matters.
Prime Minister Yingluck also asked President Thein Sein to give importance to the Dawei deep-sea port development project, for it is an investment project that will create connectivity within the region. Both leaders agreed that Thailand and Myanmar should search for interested investors from other countries to invest in the project while waiting for other investment decisions.
Mr Teerat said the Thai premier asked the Myanmar president to consider the development of Trilateral Highway which will connect land transportation of three countries — India, Myanmar and Thailand — and that Myanmar agreed with the idea.
Thailand and Myanmar will meet with the Indian prime minister at the next ASEAN+3 meeting to discuss developing such a highway. (MCOT online news)