Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off his 11-day foreign tour 11 November 2014, with his first stop at Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar, where he held bilateral talks with President U Thein Sein.
The focus was on beefing up engagement between the two nations in the areas of trade and commerce. Mr Modi made a strong push for improving regional connectivity as a booster to trade and increased people-to-people cultural contact. During the meeting, both leaders reviewed the progress of major connectivity projects between the two countries, including the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway and the Kaladan transport project.
Both sides also reviewed cultural contacts and it was noted that students from Myanmar shall also study at Nalanda University. The possibility of India investing in Special Economic Zones in Myanmar was discussed. Investment in the oil and gas sector in Myanmar, and India’s assistance in development projects in the agriculture and skill development sectors also came up for discussion.