India, Asean aim to rebuild road, sea connectivity
Speaking to FE from Bangkok, Anil Wadhwa, ambassador of India to Thailand said, "Connectivity is vital for increased commerce contact and cooperation between India and Asean. Connectivity with Asean in all its dimensions- physical, institutional and people to people - continues to be a strategic priority for India. Two major commemorative events this year - the India-Asean car rally and the Asean sailing expedition of the Indian naval ship Sudarshini - highlight the importance and the potential for connecting India and Asean by sea surface and air links.”
“Improved connectivity between India and Asean will be vital for deepening our economic integration as well as our strategic partnership," Wadhwa said. A trilateral highway - linking Thailand and Myanmar with India - called Friendship Road is slowly nearing completion, while a car rally kicks off from Yogakarta in Indonesia to finally end in India's northeast. At the trilateral highway task force meet in Delhi a few months ago, it was resolved to establish connectivity from Manipur to Mae Sot in Thailand by 2016.
"These are welcome steps in implementing the vision of evolution of innovative financing mechanisms for their implementation would help move forward this important aspect of our cooperation," MEA officials added.
A large number of Asean students senior editors diplomats and farmers are slated to visit India in next month and will
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