A car rally to promote unity and peace in Southeast Asia

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 03, 2013 09:30 hrs

The Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Car Rally was recently flagged off from Kolkata In India to Kunming in China to build new bonds in a region.

Flagged off on February 22 in Kolkata, the first Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) car rally had 80 representatives.

After passing through Jessore, Dhaka, Sylhet and Silchar, the rally reached Imphal February 26.

Organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), it will help boost trade ties and strengthen people-to-people contact among South East Asian countries.

" I think this car rally will mark an event particularly in terms of connectivity of Bangladesh, Myanmar, China and India. Also, we will be able to liberate trade regimes and provide good infrastructure and also ease our visa regime to ensure free flow of people and culture exchange," said Sisir Kant Raut a participant from Bangladesh

The growing ties between the four countries will help boost trade and business opportunities to northeastern states.

"Regional development is important because in north east India, development is needed. If there is a road and it is usable, then this road will see trade and commerce in the future, and prosperity and development will take place," Sunil Mishra, Country Leader, India.

The BCIM Rally has taken six years to materialise ever since the idea was first mooted in 2006 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to New Delhi.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has received generous support from the governments of the four participating countries.

Rallies like the BCIM highlight the importance of the north east as hub of trade and commerce and usher in a better relationship between India and other countries, which is the sole essence of Look East Policy and Vision 2020. (ANI)

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