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Mizoram Trade body approach governor Khambapati to revive trade with Myanmar

To revive the formal Indo-Myanmar Border Trade in Mizoram’s border town of Zokhawthar which is currently at a standstill, the International Trade Initiative Forum or ITIF, Mizoram met Governor Hari

To revive the formal Indo-Myanmar Border Trade in Mizoram’s border town of Zokhawthar which is currently at a standstill, the International Trade Initiative Forum or ITIF, Mizoram met Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati at the Raj Bhavan on Wednesday. The ITIF team submitted their representation to the Governor with a request to take the matter to the central government.

The representatives from ITIF Mizoram gave a briefing on how Indo-Myanmar Border trade at Zokhawthar was first started as traditional trade in 1995 until the Government of India formalized it in December 2015. However due to various factors, the border trade at Zokhawthar has become almost nonexistent today.

After the briefing, the Governor and ITIF members discussed and exchanged their views on all the possible missing ingredients and conditions which might have rendered the discontinuation of the formal trade. Through the discussions, it is learnt that there is no adequate staff to man the LCS at Zokhawthar, the animal quarantine facilities, the food testing laboratory, the weighbridge and most of the primary requirements are not yet created.

Meanwhile Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati assured ITIF Mizoram that the Government of India is committed to the promotion of trade with neighbouring countries and to facilitating the ease of doing business for its interested citizens. He suggested that ITIF Mizoram try to identify all the potential traders who might have been discouraged by this unfortunate situation and bring them to a table for discussion. Governor Hari Babu also assured that as soon as substantial information is provided to him, he would discuss the matter with concerned authorities in the central and state government. He further requested ITIF Mizoram to create more awareness campaigns on border trade to educate the people in the state.

First Published: 14th April, 2022 14:21 IST

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