Dhaka-Thimphu inks accords to escalate cooperation

Bangladesh and Bhutan on Tuesday signed five instruments, including three MoUs and two accords, to further boost the bilateral ties between the two countries in the fields of agriculture, trade and commerce and culture.

The MoUs and accords were signed between the two countries at the Royal Banquet Hall of Gyalyong Tshogkhang after a bilateral meeting between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Bhutanese Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay.

Foreign secretary Shahidul Haque briefed the media in this regard. Prime Minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim was also present here.

He said both the leaders put emphasis on the escalation of business and connectivity.

Bhutanese premier said that the potential of production of hydroelectricity in his country can be a game changer.

Mentioning about establishing a health fund, he also sought Bangladesh’s help in this regard.

He also highlighted benefits for foreign physicians working for Bhutan government, adding that they will pay $3,000. There are other fringe benefits including housing.

Sheikh Hasina put emphasis on importing more products from Bhutan including information technology. She also talked about the importance of BBIN.

Putting emphasis on the cooperation in tourism sector, Tshering Tobgay said he will send a team to Bangladesh to explore the potentiality of tourism corridor with Cox’s Bazar and Kuakata.

He also said Bangladesh, India and Bhutan will have to work together in the water management sector of this region.

The foreign secretary also said Bangladesh and Bhutan have a special relation as it gave recognition to Bangladesh on December 6 in 1971. Bhutanese King will give a piece of land to Bangladesh to mark that relation. A signing ceremony will be held on Wednesday in this regard. The King will attend here.

Earlier Tuesday (April 18), a red carpet was rolled out as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at Paro International Airport in Bhutan, on a three-day state visit to attend the “International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders”.

Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Bangladesh Ambassador in Thimphu Jishnu Roy Choudhury received her at the Airport.

Later, the Prime Minister was accorded a gala reception by Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pem at Tashichhodzong, the Royal Palace in the afternoon.

Apart from the Bhutanese King and Queen and Sheikh Hasina, Saima Wazed Hossain, Sheikh Rehana’s son Radwan Mujib Siddique Bobby and his wife and children were present.

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