Relationship between Bangladesh-India to expand further: Minister
Dhaka, Nov 24, 2020: State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Junaid Ahmed Palak has said that trade deficit between Bangladesh and India has reduced, adding that India's investment in various sectors, especially in the ICT sector, has increased. We are hopeful that India will further expand its cooperation with Bangladesh.
He made the remarks at an exchange meeting with Indian High Commissioner Vikram Kumar Doraiswamy in Dhaka on Tuesday (November 24th). The exchange of views was held at the meeting room of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority at ICT Tower in Agargaon. The High Commissioner reaffirmed his commitment to work for further strengthening of the highly developed relations between the two countries and for enhancing partnership with Bangladesh in other sectors including the ICT sector. He expressed hope that relations with Bangladesh would be further strengthened in the near future.
On the occasion, State Minister Junaid Ahmed Palak recalled India's outstanding contribution to the great war of independence of Bangladesh with gratitude. He mentioned the visit of the present Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to Bangladesh. He noted that since the Modi government came to power, cooperation in various fields has been further expanded, including the speedy resolution of various unresolved issues.
Palak said the current trade deficit between the two countries has narrowed and India's investment in various sectors, especially in the ICT sector, has increased. At present, the Government of India is financing the project of setting up high-tech parks in 12 districts of the country. Another project aimed at setting up a Bangladesh-India IT Training and Incubation Center is nearing completion. We are hopeful that India will further expand its cooperation with Bangladesh in the near future.
It may be mentioned that 30 thousand youths will be given IT training under the project of setting up IT / Hi-Tech Parks (in 12 districts) at the district level under the implementation of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority. The projects to be constructed under the project include construction of 6-storey (15,000 sq ft) multitenant buildings (steel structures) in 12 districts; 3-storey (6,000 sq ft) canteen and MP theater building (steel structure) in 12 districts; 3-storey (6,000 sq ft per floor) dormitory building (RCC structure) in 6 districts and electro-mechanical work in 12 districts.