Amu for strengthening economic ties with neighbouring countries

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-22
Published : 22 Sep 2016, 21:41:15

Amu for strengthening economic ties with neighbouring countries

Summit discusses revival of pre-partition connectivity with BD
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said on Thursday increasing the connectivity in various sectors including trade, transport, investment and people-to-people relation between Bangladesh and India is the key to further strengthen the economic ties of the two neighbouring countries, reports BSS.

"We would like to bring substantive changes in terms of connectivity. Bangladesh and India are now enjoying the best friendly relationship and willing to improve physical connectivity," he made the comments while speaking at the inaugural session of 3rd North East Connectivity Summit at Agartala in India.

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) organised the two-day summit with the theme of "Trade with Bangladesh, South East Asia and People to People Connectivity."

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang and FICCI Secretary General A Didar Singh were present on the occasion.

Bangladesh has attached the highest importance to its relations with India in the spirit of good neighbourliness, Mr Amu said adding that "We are keen on improving trade infrastructure, immigration, customs facilities and land ports between Bangladesh and India's northeast."

He hoped the friendly cooperation among the four member nations will be deep in future by building multi-modal connectivity, harnessing economic potentials and boosting people-to-people relations in Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) region.

According to business-standard.com: The third three-day Northeast Connectivity Summit started on Wednesday at the Pragya Bhavan to discuss connectivity of the landlocked Northeast region that is surrounded by several foreign nations.

Organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) with support of government of Tripura, Ministry of DoNER and the Northeast Council, the summit is focused on reviving the pre-partition connectivity in the region.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said, "Our next door is Bangladesh and our relation with Bangladesh is very good. They treat us as relatives, they are helping us like anything and I think that his opportunity should be properly utilized by the government of India. It does not depend on the attitude of state government like Tripura to utilize this opportunity government of India has to come forward with positive outlook. Of course here I must say that the present government they have been trying to take positive attitude. It is a good thing and it has to be maintained and further strengthened."
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