This will be the 7th border trade centre between Myanmar and Thailand. Its construction cost a total of Ks 110 million (US$ 110,000), according to the Ministry of Commerce.
The opening of Maisal Trade Centre is planned as a pilot project for Myanmar’s national export strategy and it is expected to help boost tourism in the region.
The Ministry of Commerce drafted the strategy at the end of 2013, aiming primarily to enhance the country’s exports and explore new markets for Myanmar. A National Export Council has been set up to oversee the implementation, control and assessment of the strategy.
The strategy also covers the tourism and in April a team of experts visited from the Netherlands to advise and provide financial aid to boost Myanmar's tourism sector.
During their visit they met with the minister for hotels and tourism and the deputy minister for commerce. The team also travelled to Kayah and Shan states to assess their potential for tourism development.
The existing border gates between Myanmar and Thailand are Myawaddy, Tachileik, Kawthaung, Myeik, Hteekhee and Mawtaung.
source: Eleven Myanmar