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Bangladesh, Myanmar urge trilateral Hydroelectric Power project

Construction of a 1,225MW hydropower plant in Bhutan with investment of India, Bangladesh and Bhutan is in discussion level

Nayadiganta English Desk

15 April 2019,Monday, 07:36

Bangladesh and Bhutan’s premiers have agreed to speed up the proposed trilateral hydroelectric power project, according to a premiers’ joint statement issued by Bangladesh’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday night.

“The two Prime Ministers welcomed the ongoing discussions among Bangladesh, Bhutan and India on the proposed trilateral cooperation in hydroelectric power,” the statement said.

At the invitation of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina her Bhutanese counterpart Dr. Lotay Tshering paid a state visit to Bangladesh from 12-15 April 2019, it added.

Both premiers noted that a trilateral meeting of the power secretaries could be held regarding to this project, according to joint statement.

“They underscored that collaboration in this sector can further strengthen regional cooperation, encourage use of renewable energy and mitigate climate change challenges.”

The official talks between Bangladesh and Bhutan, led by the two Prime Ministers, were held on 13 April 2019 in an atmosphere of great warmth and cordiality reflecting the excellent bilateral relations and age-old friendship between the two countries.

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 countries -- Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

The two Prime Ministers recognized the new heights 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 between Bangladesh and Bhutan.

Bhutanese Premier thanked Bangladesh for providing opportunities for Bhutanese students to pursue higher education, especially in the field of medicine.

He stated that Bangladesh has made significant contribution towards achievement of Bhutan’s health vision by providing slots for Bhutanese students in government medical and dental colleges in Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina assured the continued support of Bangladesh to further enhance cooperation with Bhutan in education and announced an additional five scholarships for Bhutanese students in government medical colleges in Bangladesh, taking the total number of reserved seats for Bhutanese medical students to 15.

The two Prime Ministers noted the expanding bilateral trade and acknowledged its importance in further cementing the friendship between the two countries.

They agreed to allow duty free access to additional 16 items proposed by Bhutan and 10 items proposed by Bangladesh for which both sides shall expedite the process.

The two sides also exchanged views on cooperation in other regional and international fora namely, SAARC, BIMSTEC, and the UN, and noted the commonality of their views and positions on all major issues and agreed to continue to work together for mutual benefit.

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