AN agreement to implement a Luangprabang-Indochina-Mawlamyine Economic Corridor (LIMEC) was signed among Thailand, Laos and Myanmar yesterday at Sukhothai in Thailand, according to Mon State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI).
“After singing the new memorandum of understanding, the participants discussed further collaboration in tourism, education, health and trade sectors among the neighboring countries during the three-day meeting,” said U Kyaw Win from the state’s CCI.
Under the MoU, the three nations will expand cooperation in tourism businesses for the first phase; the following steps include exchange of commodity and other development programmes. The project implementers will draw tour plans that will cover significant places of the three countries, including Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Mon State.
U Kan Myint, assistant director of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Mon State), said his view is that the new project is expected to bring more economic development to the region.
“We have been trying to boost the country’s tourism industry. As part of our efforts, adequate hotel facilities have been prepared for visitors,” said U Chan Tun, chair of the state’s Hotel Entrepreneurs Association. According to the official figures released by the Hotels and Tourism Ministry, nearly 19 million foreigners visited Mon State last year 18m of whom went to the country’s famous Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, or known abroad as ‘Golden Rock.’