India assures speedy completion of rice import process
Dhaka, January 7: India has assured the expeditious completion of the rice import process through Bangladesh's Government-to-Government deal and tender. The assurance was given by Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami during a meeting with Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder at the Secretariat on Thursday (January 7), according to a press release from the ministry.
During the meeting, the Indian High Commissioner assured the Government of Bangladesh to provide all port facilities within India on a priority basis so that rice imports from India can be expedited through G-to-G and open tender system.
They also discussed various issues including food quality improvement, safe food, testing laboratories, construction of ongoing food warehouses.
At the time, the food minister said, "India is a tried and tested old friend of Bangladesh. The good relations that India had with Bangladesh during the war of liberation are getting stronger day by day. Good relations and mutual understanding between the two neighboring countries facilitate economic development of both the countries."
Doraiswami said, "India has close ties with Bangladesh and the two countries are working together even during this Covid-19 pandemic."
Food Secretary Moshammat Nazmanara Khanum was present during the meeting.