Mukul Sangma for reviving North East-Bangladesh ties
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Reported on: Jun 03, 2012 09:25 am
Reported in: National
Dhaka, June 3 (UNB) - Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma, who attended the North East India-Bangladesh Business Conclave at the 3rd Indo-Bangla Trade Fair, 2012, in Dhaka on Thursday, said reviving the age-old ties between Northeast India and Bangladesh was very important at this hour. The trade fair was organized by the Indo-Bangla Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Indian delegation, which also included the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh and two other ministers from Tripura and Assam, met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and stressed on reviving ties between the people of Bangladesh and North East India. "Chief minister Sangma stressed on the need to open up more border 'haats' (traditional markets) and to develop trade routes through inland water ways. The proposed road connectivity from Dhubri through the southern slopes of Meghalaya to Tripura and to Bangladesh would improve trade and commerce in the region," an official briefed. He further informed that during discussion with Hasina, Sangma dwelt on the best utilization of tourism potential jointly by Bangladesh and the northeastern states along with Bhutan. "He, therefore, proposed to organize a conclave of tour operators from Bangladesh and the northeastern states in Shillong. Operationalization of the Dhaka-Sylhet-Shillong-Guwahati bus service needs to be expedited as this would go a long way towards developing tourism in the region. Land custom stations and immigration offices should be set up and strengthened to meet these requirements," the official added. The chief minister also called for joint ventures in the field of thermal power generation and transmission and exploration of new technologies including bamboo-based projects for the development and benefit of both the countries. Earlier, during an interaction with Bangladesh foreign minister Dipu Moni, Sangma stressed on the need to "build more trust through social interaction" between the citizens of Bangladesh and northeast India.
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