Sino-Indian trade link to resume in July
He said the Centre would seriously consider the West Bengal government's plea to include a representation from the state.india Updated: Jun 20, 2006 19:25 IST
Sino-Indian trade would be resumed through Nathu La pass in Sikkim in the first week of July, but it would take some time to take concrete shape, Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh said in Kolkata on Tuesday.
Since Sikkim was not a major exporting state, the larger portion of the trade would go from West Bengal to China, Ramesh said after an hour-long meeting with Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee at the state's secretariat.
He said the Centre would seriously consider the West Bengal government's plea to include a representation from the state in future Sino-Indian trade talks.
"We have agreed to consider the state government's suggestion and I will place it before my ministry," he said.
Ramesh said it was decided at the meeting that trade infrastructure would be developed in Siliguri, the gateway to the export route to Nathu La.