India and Bangladesh will create a brand new mechanism to frequently assessment the progress of bilateral growth initiatives, with 5 such ventures, together with an oil pipeline and three cross-border rail hyperlinks, set to be accomplished in 2021.
The organising of the high-level monitoring mechanism to assessment ongoing initiatives was mentioned throughout overseas secretary Harsh Shringla’s assembly with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on Tuesday, exterior affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava mentioned.
Folks conversant in developments mentioned the monitoring mechanism will probably be collectively chaired by the Indian envoy in Dhaka and the Bangladesh overseas secretary. It will likely be on the strains of an analogous mechanism India has created with Nepal, the individuals mentioned on situation of anonymity.
India’s developmental help for Bangladesh and connectivity and energy initiatives have been mentioned in the course of the assembly between Hasina and Shringla, who made an unannounced two-day go to to take ahead the bilateral relationship. Shringla additionally delivered a message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Hasina.
“A number of of those initiatives, together with the Rampal Maitree energy plant, India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline, and rail hyperlinks between Akhaura-Agartala and Chilahati-Haldibari and Khulna-Mongla rail line are anticipated to be accomplished subsequent 12 months,” mentioned Srivastava.
India additionally proposed that the subsequent assembly of the Joint Consultative Fee on the stage of the overseas ministers must be convened shortly to assessment the whole gamut of bilateral ties and the event initiatives, he mentioned.
India’s proposal to launch a journey air bubble between the 2 international locations with restricted flights for official, enterprise and medical travellers was appreciated by the Bangladesh aspect, Srivastava mentioned.
The 2 sides additionally mentioned the celebrations of the one hundredth beginning anniversary of Mujibur Rahman in 2020 and 50 years of the liberation of Bangladesh and the institution of diplomatic ties in 2021. India plans to difficulty a commemorative stamp on Rahman throughout Mujib Barsho and the 2 sides suggest to carry joint occasions.
India has additionally supplied Covid-19 associated help to Bangladesh and organised capacity-building programs for Bangladeshi medical personnel following the video convention of Saarc leaders and creation of the Saarc Emergency Response Fund. Bangladesh has dedicated $1.5 million for the fund.
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“In the previous couple of years, India and Bangladesh have amicably resolved advanced points, together with the land and maritime borders, and have taken a number of initiatives to spice up connectivity and commerce, together with graduation of motion of Indian cargo from Agartala to Kolkata through Chattogram, enlargement of the scope of the protocol that governs commerce and transit on inland waterways, India’s gifting of 10 locomotives to Bangladesh, and introduction of parcel and container prepare providers between the 2 international locations,” Srivastava mentioned.
Shringla’s go to was helpful in discussing particular initiatives in key areas of mutual curiosity and likewise mirrored the precedence that India accords to Bangladesh as a part of its “neighbourhood first” coverage, he added.