Challenges need to be removed for effective implementation of BBIN MVA: CUTS

Outlook India, August 13, 2019

Challenges like infrastructure bottlenecks need to be removed for effective implementation of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal Motor Vehicles Agreement (BBIN MVA), research and advocacy organisation CUTS International said on Tuesday.It said that the agreement can yield long term benefits, but for its effective implementation many short-term challenges need to be addressed to arrive at a mutual win-win situation for all the member countries.

“While the framework agreement for the BBIN MVA has been signed in June, 2015 but the same is yet to be implemented owing to a number of challenges pertaining to infrastructure deficits, differences in regulations and trust deficit among the signatory countries,” Bipul Chatterjee, Executive Director, CUTS International said in a statement.

He said cumbersome paperwork involved in doing border clearance is also causing traffic congestion at border posts.

Transport ministers of the countries signed the agreement in Thimphu, Bhutan on June 15, 2015 for seamless flow of passenger and cargo traffic in the region.

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