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Dhaka, Delhi agree to set up more border haats

Abrar Hussain

Bangladesh and India have agreed to set up several border haats along the common borders of the two countries in the future due to the increase in local demand. The agreement was reached at the Ministry of Commerce in Dhaka on a two-day Bangladesh-India com merce secretary level meeting that ended on Thursday. Commerce secretary Shubashish Bose led a 16-member Bangladesh delegation in the meeting while Indian commerce secretary Rita Teaotia led the Indian delegation. In the meeting, a decision was taken to set up six more border haats within the next six months, according to a ministry press release, reports the Daily Sun. India has also proposed to form Comprehensive Economic Partnership with Bangladesh. Both sides agreed to gradually improve infrastructural development and construct facilities of land customs ports along the Bangladesh-India borders. Bangladesh also requested India to allow its airports for exporting Bangladeshi goods to any third country while the two countries decided to form CEOG Forum for boosting bilateral relations between the businesses of the two. India is the Bangladesh’s 2nd largest trade partner. The volume of bilateral trade between the two countries rose to $6.8 billion in the last fiscal year. Bangladesh imported goods worth $6.13 billion in the last fiscal against the exports of $672.4 million of India. The Indian delegation is scheduled to depart on Saturday.

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