Bangladesh, Bhutan agree to activate river routes to expand trade

Bangladesh and Bhutan today agreed to

activate the river routes to expand business between the two countries.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Bhutanese counterpart Dr. Lotay

Tshering reached the consensus in a meeting held at the Prime Minister’s

Office (PMO) in the capital.

PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the media after the meeting.

Sheikh Hasina asked the authorities concerned to take prompt measures to

build necessary infrastructure to maximise the benefit of the preferential

trade agreement (PTA) signed between the two countries on December 6 last.

She also asked to build more ports of call where the ships anchor to

facilitate trade and commerce.

During the meeting, both the Premier discussed various range of mutual

benefits particularly the trade and connectivity.

The leaders also agreed to work in unison at the United Nations (UN) and

different international forums.

The Bangladesh Premier asked the authorities concerned to prepare a MoU on

setting up a hydropower plant with bilateral and trilateral cooperation

involving India.

The Bhutanese Prime Minister requested the Bangladesh Premier to provide

full-term visa to his country’s students with multiple entry facilities.

In response, the Bangladesh Premier ordered the concerned authorities to

look into the matter.

Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh will extend cooperation to Bhutan in the

Information Communication Technology (ICT) particularly in broadband


Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen, Principal Secretary to the Prime

Minister Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and Bangladesh

Ambassador to Bhutan AKM Shahidul Karim were present at the meeting.

Bhutan Ambassador to Bangladesh Rinchen Kuentsyl and Chief of Protocol Daso

Ugyen Gongphel were present among others.

Earlier, the two Prime Ministers held a tête-à-tête that lasted for 45 minutes

The Bhutanese Prime Minister later signed the visitors’ book at the PMO.

Tshering arrived here yesterday morning on a three-day official visit to

join the celebrations of the golden jubilee of country’s independence and the

birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Source Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)