21 June 2021
India is the the establishment of the BIMSTEC Transport lead country for this sector, focusing on and Connectivity Working Group; and provisions the various forms of connectivity—trade, transport, to provide high-speed internet connectivity and digital, and people-to-people.14 The first meeting mobile connection at affordable rates across the of the BIMSTEC Expert Group on Transport and subregion.. [...] Such ethnic discord have also led to a rise in human developments can also jeopardise the progress of trafficking in the area.56 the infrastructural work in the subregion.51 a A vast mountainous region located at the confluence of the Ruak River and the Mekong River at the borders of Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand, which is among the world’s major opium cultivation and heroin producing areas. [...] This effort part of India’s regional development framework.66 must begin by developing the Northeast through Second, given the central government’s focus the following ways: on strategic and security considerations due to the prevailing vulnerabilities in the region, the l Integrating the Northeast with the rest of India developmental aspect through infrastructural through stronger infrastructure. [...] The integration of physical connectivity through the “rationalization and harmonization of various l Reestablishing ties with the Indian diaspora collaborative policies across the neighbours, in Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Thailand is rules and laws within the region” will facilitate important to engage them in cross-border complementarities between the Northeast and investments for cultural collabor. [...] 25 Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, “2ND Addendum to the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh,” Government of India, June 6, 2015, 2020.pdf.