India, June 13 -- The Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar economic corridor (BCIM-EC) should focus on developing e-commerce instead of waiting for physical infrastructure to come up, a leading study group looking into reviving the seemingly stillborn trade route has suggested.

Meeting after a gap of four years, the joint statement released on Tuesday by the 13th BCIM Regional Cooperation Forum, comprising scholars and officials from the four countries, didn't make any mention of the corridor as part of China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The Forum met in Yuxi in the southwestern Yunnan province on Tuesday.

The corridor envisages a trade route between Kunming in Yunnan and Kolkata in India that passes through Mandalay in Mya...