Chittagong, Bangladesh (BBN)- Bilateral trade relations between Bangladesh and Burma is likely to enter a new phase as the road and air communications are likely to start within the next few months.
Road construction from Bangladesh’s Teknaf to the port city of Sittwe with its tourist attractions in Burma, officially known as Myanmar, will start next January and simultaneously the Myanmar airlines is expected to operate from Dhaka, Myanmar Ambassador to Bangladesh  Myo Mint Than has said.
“Direct Myanmar flights will operate from January next while the road linking the port city Chittagong with Myanmar’s tourist city Sittwe via Teknaf will start within two or three months,” he said.
He was addressing the directors of Chittagong Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CMCCI) at its conference hall in the city on Thursday.
Acting President of the CMCCI AM Mahbub Chowdhury welcomed the ambassador to the Metropolitan Chamber and greeted him with a flower bouquet. He also extended felicitations to HM Hakim Ali, Honourary Consul of Myanmar in Chittagong on the occasion.
Directors of the CMCCI Shafique Uddin and Liakat Ali Chowdhury and Advisor of Saffron, Dhaka-based management services, Salauddin Chowdhury, spoke on the occasion.
The envoy exchanged views with the business leaders on transit, trade and business and import-and-export-related problems that the two countries are now facing.
Myanmar is now inviting investment from Bangladeshi businesses and industrialists in different fields as it has recently brought about necessary changes in its investment policy, the Ambassador said.
BBN/SSR/AD-02Dec12-11:20 am (BST)