India and Myanmar on 6 September 2017 signed eleven agreements following delegation-level talks headed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
These 11 agreements were signed in a range of sectors including one on maritime security cooperation to further strengthen their multifaceted partnership.
Highlights of the 11 Agreements
• A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Election Commission of India and Union Election of Myanmar.
• An MoU was signed on cooperation between Myanmar Press Council and the Press Council of India.
• Both the sides signed an agreement for cultural exchange programme for the years 2017 to 2020.
• Two MoUs were signed on establishment of the India-Myanmar Centre for Enhancement of IT Skill and the Myanmar Institute of Information Technology (MIIT).
• Two other MoUs were signed on medical products regulation and in the field of health and medicine.
• Another MoU was signed on enhancing cooperation for upgrade of the Women’s Police Training Centre at Yamethin, Myanmar.
• The two sides also signed an agreement for sharing white shipping information to improve data sharing on non-classified merchant navy ships or cargo ships.
• An MoU on Maritime Security Cooperation was also signed.
• A Technical Agreement was signed between both the sides for providing Coastal Surveillance System.
PM Modi arrived in Myanmar on 5 September 2017 for a three-day visit. It is his first bilateral trip to Myanmar. He had earlier visited Myanmar in 2014 to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India Summit.
Myanmar is one of India's strategic neighbours and shares a 1640-km-long border with a number of north-eastern states including Nagaland and Manipur.