In order to promote border trade between Myanmar and neighbourings, China, Thailand, India and Bangladesh, the respective border posts hold trade promotion meetings in the last week of every month under the guidance of the Head Office of the Department of Border Trade, with the aim of exchanging the views of officials and local business men.
In China side, monthly ground-level trade promotion meetings between officials from both sides are alternatively held in Muse (105) Mile Trade Zone of Myanmar and in Jiegao of China discussing the issues related with the promotion of trade, including trade barriers, trafficking, facilitating of logistics and reduction of taxes, etc. In addition, on 22nd November, 2010, Senior Officials Meeting between the Ministry of Commerce of Yunnan Province and the Ministry of Commerce was held in Naypyitaw, Myanmar for exploring opportunites not only for border trade but also for overseas trade.
With the view to facilitate and promote trade between Myanmar and Thailand, the Senior Official Meeting was held in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on 17 December, 2010. Both sides exchanged their views in friendly and transparent manner.
Furthermore, the meeting named Emerging Business Opportunties between India and Myanmar with Special Focus on North Eastern Indian States was held in Mandalay from 13th to 16th September in 2010, under the discussion of probable emergence of new border trade routes, escalation of trade through existing trade posts and expansion of tradable commodites.
In Bangladesh side, as agreed in the 4th JTC Meeting between Myanmar and Bangladesh, the establishment of Joint Working Group of Border Trade Officials Meetings was welcomed to hold alternatively and monthly in both sides. So far 3rd Joint Working Group Meeting was held at Cox’s Bazaar of Bangladesh, where matters relating to the promotion of border trade were discussed.