Dhaka, Thu, Apr 2019
Two premiers of the south Asian countries have discussed on export and import of electricity, investment in hydropower in Bhutan and multi-modal connectivity.
Nayadiganta English Desk
13 April 2019,Saturday, 18:58
Bangladesh and Bhutan in a premier-level meeting on Saturday agreed to cooperate in trade, agriculture, tourism and health sectors, according to a foreign ministry press release issued on Saturday.
Bhutanese Prime Minister, Dr. Lotay Tshering, arrived Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on Friday morning on a 4-day official visit.
“To enhancing bilateral trade, including the use of inland waterways for transportation of bilateral trade and transit cargoes was discussed and an SOP [Standard Operating Procedure] was signed to this effect,” the press release added.
Bhutanese Prime Minister, himself a medical doctor from Mymensingh Medical College in Bangladesh, has also expressed interest to recruit doctors from Bangladesh
The talks between two premiers were held in a warm and cordial environment at the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office.
Sheikh Hasina led a 16-member delegation to the talks comprising of cabinet ministers, secretaries and high-level officials of the Government while her Bhutanese counterpart led a high powered 16-member delegation from his country.
During the meeting, the two leaders expressed satisfaction at the excellent state of bilateral relations whose strong foundations were laid by two former leaders of both states -- Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
The two Prime Ministers recognized the new heights that the bilateral relations have reached in the last decade under the leadership of the two countries and reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen and consolidate the relations.
The two Prime Ministers recalled the socio-economic development which has taken both countries on the threshold of being elevated from LDC [Least Development Country] status in the coming few years.
“In this regard, the potential for enhancing bilateral trade, including the use of inland waterways for transportation of bilateral trade and transit cargoes was discussed and an SOP [Standard Operating Procedure] was signed to this effect,” the press release said.
It added that export and Import of electricity, investment in hydropower in Bhutan, multi-modal connectivity, particularly through the BBIN [Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal] initiative were also discussed in the meeting.
To enhance cooperation in the health sector, an MoU [Memorandum of Understanding] was signed to facilitate the recruitment of Bangladeshi specialist doctors by Bhutan under attractive remuneration packages.
Bhutanese Prime Minister thanked the Bangladesh side for providing opportunities for Bhutanese students in higher educational institutions in Bangladesh, particularly in the medical colleges.
Bangladesh Prime Minister announced an increase of 5 additional seats for Bhutanese students in government medical colleges in Bangladesh, taking the total number of seats reserved for Bhutan to 15 per year.
MoUs were also signed on cooperation in the field of agriculture, tourism and on mutual collaboration in the field of public administration training.
A Joint Statement will be issued at the end of the visit, the press release said.
Before the official talks, the two Prime Ministers met for a tete-a tete where Sheikh Hasina recalled with gratitude that Bhutan was the first country to recognize the independence of Bangladesh in 1971.
The Bhutanese premier, while visiting the National Martyrs Memorial at Savar and the Bangabandhu National Museum yesterday, expressed his deep sympathies for the people of Bangladesh who endured the genocide and atrocities during the Liberation War in 1971.
The visiting Prime Minister will join the Surer Dhara musical soiree celebrating the Bangla New Year at Bangabandhu International Conference Center [BICC], Dhaka early morning on Sunday followed by a visit to his alma mater Mymensingh Medical College.
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