The first Indian cargo ship arrives at the port of Sittwe in Myanmar

The first Indian cargo ship arrived at the newly opened port of Sittwe in Rakhine State, Myanmar. This vessel was flagged out from Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port in Kolkata and received by Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday. Myanmar Deputy Prime Minister and Union Minister for Transport and Communications Tin Aung San was also present on the occasion.

In a tweet, Sonowal said this port is part of the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport project. This aims to unlock Northeast India for Southeast Asia.

An official statement said the operationalization of the port of Sittwe would improve bilateral and regional trade and contribute to Myanmar’s local economy. “The greater connectivity offered by the port will lead to job opportunities and improved growth prospects in the region,” the statement said.

This project was designed to provide an alternative connection from Mizoram to Haldia or Kolkata or other Indian ports via the Kaladan River in Myanmar. It provides for road transport from Mizoram to Paletwa (Myanmar), then from Paletwa to Sittwe (Myanmar) by Inland Water Transport (IWT) and from Sittwe to any port in India by sea shipping.

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