Bhutan on way to use BD ports

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 16 Apr 2017, 22:16:40

Bhutan on way to use BD ports

Mehdi Musharraf Bhuiyan

The landlocked Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is on its course to use Bangladesh's seaports for overseas trade under a water transit deal, set to be inked between Dhaka and Thimphu later this week.

Under the agreement, Bangladesh will also be able to export its goods to Bhutan through various inland waterways in the northern region, the Ministry of Shipping (MoS) officials told the FE on Sunday.

A formal deal in this regard, termed as 'Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Use of Inland Waterways for Transportation of Bilateral Trade and Transit Cargoes', has already received the green signal from Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina last week.

Now, the MoU is likely to be signed during the PM's visit to Bhutan from April 18 to 21.

Once the deal is implemented, Bhutanese goods will enter the country through northern Bangladeshi port of Daikhawa in Lalmonirhat, while Chilmari in Kurigram and as well as Aricha and Mawa near Dhaka will also be used as ports of call.
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