Imphal, Jan 12,
At team of Indo Myanmar Association (IMA) from Manipur India participated at Myanmar-India Business Summit & Trade Fair at Sagaing Myanmar. In this India-Myanmar business summit & trade fair Sh.Shamu President of the Indo-Myanmar Association (IMA) delivered speech at Town Hall. He mentioned about the Indo-Myanmar Association that the IMA was established in 1995 and registered in 2003 under the Manipur societies Registration act, 1989 ( Manipur act no 1 of 1990).The founder president of the Association is Bijoykumar Langam who was born in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state in 1924. He passed I.A from Jadsan College under Rangoon University in 1941.He, however came to Manipur during Second World War. He is indeed a true son in this region of India and Myanmar . In fact he was the first person who introduced learning of Burmese language in Manipur. Thus, Indo-Myanmar association was able to produce a number of Manipuris to know the language. Thereafter, Manipur University too managed to open Centre for Myanmar studies and imparted 1 year Diploma course in the language. Our Indo-Myanmar Association was able to publish 2 books for learning Myanmarese under his guidance.
Now, on the demise of the founder President, I was elected unanimously for the post on 23-April-2017 and continued to hold it till date. Our IMAs principal objective is to enhance the contribution to the growth and development of the close relationship in socio-Economic, Trade and commerce including tourism and health sector in the region thereby increasing the economy of the peoples of both countries ie India and Myanmar under Act East Policy. Since IMA being a non-profiting organization under least Developed country (LDC) we want to develop a good relationship with Myanmar in general and Sagaing in particular and also to involve in the activities for promotion of economy of the people in this region. During this two days programme, medicines for ailing persons and wheel chairs for disables are also being deliberated.
“Every year, we organized programme for India Nationals to visit Myanmar and to appraise rich heritage and unique cultural ties between the two neighbouring countries. And Myanmarese nations are encourage to visit India as well.
“We are happy to announce to this august gathering that, in the last Manipur Sangai Festival 2018 during the month of November our Indo-Myanmar Association was able to organized 20 Myanmarese Nationals for a FREE VISITE TO MANIPUR. We are really grateful to His Excellency, The Consulate General of India, Mandalay who have given them not only timely VISA on land route, but also wished them for safe and secure journey by bidding FLAG-OFF on 19 November 2018.Thank you, His Excellency Sir I on behalf of the Indo-Myanmar Association am, indeed grateful to you Sir.
Now the relationship in between the two great completed 70 years by now. Both countries have done a lot for the welfare of our land and peoples in different ways. Our Indo-Myanmar Association will be delighted if some work, activities are entrusted to us by the Government and people thereafter. We are proud of Manipur Industries Development council(MIDC) and SALAI Holdings pvt. Ltd as they co-operate to take part in this Trade Submit and Trade Fair, over here. We hoped that the respected members to adhere deliberation in their respective fields of business with their Myanmarese counterparts in a positive way. I hope that today’s negotiation and decision between the trades and businessmen of the two friendly countries shall be fruitful one and remain forever”, he added.
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