AIZAWL, Nov 20 - Myanmar�s Chin State Chief Minister Lianluaia has expressed hope that the border trade between India and Myanmar would strengthen the unity of Mizos in Mizoram and their Chin brothers in Myanmar.
Lianluaia said this while visiting the proposed Indo-Myanmar border trade centre at Lawngtlai district in southern Mizoram last week.
�I believe that God will continue to work for the good of the Zo ethnic tribes. The Indo-Myanmar border trade will not only boost the economy of Mizoram and Chin State, but will also strengthen the brotherhood. The transformation of Myanmar from military government into democracy will also strengthen the connection between Chin State and Mizoram,� he said.
Asserting that the border trade will greatly benefit the people of Chin State and Mizoram, the Chin CM urged the people of both sides of the border to urge their respective governments to expedite the border trade.
Chin and Mizo are of the same origin and share similar languages, traditions and cultures.
The Chin State CM, accompanied by Mizoram AH & Veterinary Minister C Ngunlianchunga, Parliamentary Secretaries Zothangliana and Joseph Lalhlimpuia, Trade & Commerce director J Hmingthanmawia, and other officials visited the proposed site for a bridge to connect India and Myanmar and border trade centre at Sai-sih-chhuah in Lawngtlai district.
As construction of bridge is necessary to facilitate border trade, Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has urged the Union Ministry of External Affairs for early approval of the project, officials said.