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Transport Infrastructure Connectivity through the Mekong – India Economic Corridor: A Case Study of India and Vietnam

Vol 9 , Issue 1 , January - June 2022 | Pages: 22-45 | Research Paper  

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1. Thuy T, Dang, Researcher, Department of International Relations and Integration Studies, Vietnam Institute for Indian and Southwest Asian Studies, Hanoi, Viet Nam (
2. Thi Oanh Nguyen, Researcher, Department of Historical-Cultural and Political Studies, Vietnam Institute for Indian and Southwest Asian Studies, Hanoi, Hanoi, Viet Nam (
3. * Ngoc Diem Tran, Researcher, Department of International Relations and Integration Studies, Vietnam Institute for Indian and Southwest Asian Studies, Hanoi, Hanoi, Viet Nam (
4. Duc Trung Nguyen, Researcher, Department of International Relations and Integration Studies, Vietnam Institute for Indian and Southwest Asian Studies, Hanoi, Viet Nam (

Transport infrastructure connectivity plays an important role in promoting trade between two countries, and creating an impetus for economic development and international cooperation. A synchronous, modern, flexible and appropriate transport infrastructure connectivity system promotes trade, boosts productivity and efficiency of cooperation, and promotes linkages between countries. The Mekong - India Economic Corridor (MIEC) is considered a bridge between India and the Mekong sub-region, including the CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam). Despite the position of an end point in the connectivity system, Vietnam is an important factor in India's Look East strategy. Enhancing transport infrastructure connectivity through the MIEC will help promote Vietnam - India comprehensive strategic partnership effectively. The paper, based on objective assessment, presents an in-depth perspective on the transport infrastructure connectivity between Vietnam and India through the MIEC and figures out the bottlenecks in connectivity, cooperation and development between the two countries.


Transport infrastructure; Connectivity; MIEC; Vietnam; India

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