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Bangladesh keen to set up more diplomatic mission in India

13 Jul 2015

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Bangladesh will set up more diplomatic mission in India. At present Bangladesh has diplomatic mission in three major Indian cities - New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.

 Bangladesh has proposed to expand its diplomatic presence in North East Indian states with the objective of improving trade, people-to-people contact and cultural ties. India has positively reacted to this proposal and given go-ahead signal.

 

Bangladesh has reciprocated New Delhi’s gesture by asking India to open diplomatic mission in Rangpur and Sylhet.

 

The recently opened Agartala mission in Tripura will soon be upgraded as Assistant High Commission, according to a Bangladesh Foreign Ministry official who also said “New Delhi has agreed to Dhaka’s proposal to open a new Deputy High Commission in Guwahati in Assam”.

 

“The proposed Deputy High Commission in Guwahati will have consular jurisdiction over Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh”, the official added. The Deputy High Commission in Guwahati will become operational early next year.

 

The Foreign Ministry official further said that the process of upgrading the Agartala mission would be completed by September this year, adding that extension and upgradation of the Bangladeshi mission in North East India will boost trade and economy, people-to-people contact and cultural relations between Bangladesh and north east Indian states.

 

Tripura and other north eastern Indian states are keen to improve trade and business with Bangladesh.

 

The border trade between India and Bangladesh through Tripura is poised to exceed INR 500 crore in the coming year. P.L.Agrawal, Director, Department of Industries of Tripura government said “target is to exceed Rs 500 crore by 2016 and it is very much possible with coming up of new industries from Bangladesh”. Agrawal further added that trade between Bangladesh and Tripura “increased from zero in 1994, INR 4 crore in 1996 to INR 340 crore in 2012-13, entire trade is import and balance of trade is certainly in favour of Bangladesh”.

 

Bangladesh and India had earlier decided to upgrade the existing 27 custom stations in Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram. With the opening of more Bangladeshi diplomatic mission in north east India, trade and business will further improve, Tripura Chambers of Commerce and Industries President ML Debnath said.

There are Bangladeshi investments coming into Tripura. The business community in Bangladesh is very upbeat on business ties with India and with the launch of the “make in India” campaign, the Bangladeshi investors are feeling encouraged to invest in North East India.

 

Bangladeshi ready-made garment traders are keen on setting up business in Tripura and other places in North East India. Tripura government is ready to provide logistical support to them. Chief Minister of Tripura, Manik Sarkar, has agreed to provide land and other logistical support at Bodjunjnagar Industrial Estate in western Tripura to the garment traders of Bangladesh who want to do business or set up manufacturing units there.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina discussed all possible improvement in trade and economic activities when the former visited Dhaka on June 6-7. Bangladesh and India have so far set up four border ‘haat’ (weekly market) – two each in Meghalaya and Tripura frontiers – to boost trade in local produce on both sides of the border. Tripura (856 km), Meghalaya (443km), Mizoram (318 km) and Assam (263 km) share 1880 km border with Bangladesh.




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