Bangladesh, India connectivity developed tremendously: Salman

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DHAKA, Aug 24, 2020 (BSS) – Prime Minister’s Private Industry and
Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman today said Bangladesh and India
have made tremendous development on connectivity between the two
countries, but it has not been publicized to the extent it should have
been.

“If connectivity takes place, economic activity grows. It is not
the question of competing with each other; it’s about complementing
each other. And, it is more so in the case of India because of the
historical relationship between the two countries,” he said.

Salman F Rahman said these while addressing an online meeting with
top Indian business executives in Bangladesh, hosted by the High
Commission of India, a press release said.

Hosted by the outgoing Indian High Commissioner, Riva Ganguly Das,
the event was attended by more than a dozen top executives from Indian
brands. Sirazul Islam, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment
Development Authority (BIDA), also spoke at the online discussion as a
special guest.

Indian business executives suggested opening up Narayanganj port for
receiving goods from India’s Paradip and Halda, which they said would
save time and cost and reduce pressure on the Chittagong port.

The adviser praised the idea and promised to take up the issues
with respective authorities. He also suggested India to improve its
railway infrastructure so that train can be used to ferry goods
between two countries.

The outgoing Indian High Commissioner, Riva Ganguly Das, raised a
number of issues on behalf of Indian businessmen and business
executives, including non-tariff barriers in trade between the two
countries, customs complications, CC limits on two-wheelers and
three-wheelers being imported from India, long-term business visa for
Indian citizens, among others.

Sirajul Islam, BIDA’s executive chairman, said his agency is
working to ensure seamless experience for Indian investors and
businessmen.

Salman F Rahman also urged the Indian businessmen to become
Bangladesh’s goodwill ambassadors and share their experience in
Bangladesh with fellow businessmen and publicize the level of
connectivity that the two country offer.