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M’laya, Tripura seek Hasina’s intervention
Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 26:
Published on 27 Feb. 2010 12:55 AM IST
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Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang has sought Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina’s intervention to promote trade and commerce between Bangladesh and Meghalaya. Lapang made this request during his meeting with Hasina in Dhaka on Thursday, an official statement issued here said today. Meghalaya shares a 423 km-long border with the neighbouring country. During the meeting, the Chief Minister also sought the intervention of Hasina on the various aspects of promoting Trade and Commerce between Bangladesh and Meghalaya. Meghalaya alone, he said goods worth Rs.1840 million were exported to Bangladesh in 2009. “A step forward towards development of Trade and Commerce between the two countries shall open doors to wider horizons of sharing, caring, understanding and strengthening the might of the people of the two countries for a progressive future and better human existence,” Lapang said. Stressing on connectivity between Meghalaya and Dhaka in the form of road and air connectivity, the Chief Minister urged the Bangladesh Premier the introduction of riverine transport through Simsang River in Garo Hills between Bangladesh and Meghalaya. The Chief Minister visited Dhaka and inaugurated India Trade Fair 2010, North East India Bangladesh Trade & Investment Summit. Meanwhile, Tripura Industries and Commerce Minister Jitendra Choudhury has urged Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to expedite implementation of bilateral trade agreement signed between India and Bangladesh during her recent visit to New Delhi. According to a UNI report, he asked for an early execution of the commitments, including allowing access to Chittagong Port, over-dimensional cargo movement from Ashuganj, opening of Sabroom-Ramgarh land custom station on Indian side and extension of NH 44 up to Chittagong during Bangladesh-NE India Trade and India Investment Conclave which began in Dhaka yesterday. Choudhury told UNI from Dhaka that a group of ministers from Northeastern states met Hasina last evening, where he had reminded Tripuras long pending demands of launching Agartala-Kolkata direct bus service and air connectivity via Dhaka, improved connectivity and transshipment facility. “Bangladeshi investors can benefit from the huge natural resources of the northeast, which include bamboo, rubber, horticulture and floriculture,’’ said Choudhury and added that Bangladeshi food processing companies which have large market in Northeast India could consider setting up their own plants in the region. Choudhury however, pointed out that cement worth 1000 crore was consumed in Tripura every year for the massive construction works and Bangladesh was the major source of cement supplier for Tripura. Besides, Choudhury, ministers from Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram had also taken part in the conclave aimed to strengthen Indo-Bangladesh trade relation and boost business between two countries. Meanwhile, India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI) and Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) called upon the governments of Bangladesh and India yesterday to strengthen international trade infrastructure between the two countries with special focus on states like Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram. Two business bodies adopted, an eight-point declaration, which also urged for connectivity through Chittagong Port, improve waterways, removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers, tourism promotion, road connectivity through commercially viable locations and also exchange of business and government delegations with Bangladesh and four Northeastern states of India.

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