Prime Minister Hasina seeks India's cooperation to bring electricity from Bhutan Bangladesh-Electricity
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Prime Minister Hasina seeks India's cooperation to bring electricity from Bhutan

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 22 Mar 2024, 06:46 am

Own Correspondent, Dhaka, 22 March 2024: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought India's cooperation to import electricity from Bhutan. Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pranay Verma called on the Prime Minister at Ganabhaban, his official residence, on Thursday and sought this cooperation.

After the meeting, Prime Minister's speech writer Md. Nazrul Islam told reporters that the Prime Minister has sought India's help in importing that electricity easily.

In a press briefing Nazrul Islam mentioned that Bangladesh will import electricity from Bhutan and an agreement in this regard will be reached during the visit of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal of Bhutan to Dhaka on March 25.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh is planning to import electricity from Bhutan and the talks between Bhutan and Bangladesh are almost at the final stage, officials said. On the other hand, Sheikh Hasina urged the Indian government to withdraw the anti-dumping measures for the import of jute and jute products from Bangladesh. He also told the High Commissioner that India can modernize the Syedpur Railway Workshop.

Prannoy Verma noted that a total of four projects were implemented in Bangladesh under India's Line of Credit (LoC) last year and two more projects are in the pipeline for implementation. The Indian High Commissioner mentioned some landmark initiatives of the two countries like Rupee-Taka bilateral trade transaction, digital payment network and Bangabandhu biopic. He said that India is committed to take forward negotiations for an integrated economic partnership.

The ambassador said fresh thinking and discussions are underway to create a new structure to make the LoC project-based. The meeting discussed the establishment of high power grid lines between Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.

Pranay Verma said that there are plans to expand the diesel pipeline from Syedpur to Natore to import diesel from India. He said that some world renowned defense industries are shifting their factories to India.

The High Commissioner said Bangladesh can set up a defense factory here in joint venture with India. He congratulated Sheikh Hasina as Prime Minister of India.