PM Hasina wants PTA with Nepal for mutual benefits



Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday laid emphasis on signing Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between Bangladesh and Nepal for their mutual benefits.
Sheikh Hasina also sought cooperation in the field of trade and commerce for tapping the potentials of the two neighbouring countries.

Hasina made the observations when she met visiting Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Hotel InterContinental, reports UNB.

PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. “The PTA will be beneficial for the two countries,” he quoted the Prime Minister as saying.

Welcoming the Nepalese President to Bangladesh, the Prime Minister recalled with gratitude the moral and material support of Nepal during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 when Nepal supplied arms to freedom fighters.

About the climate change, Hasina said she always mentions Nepal as a climate vulnerable country.

Hasina offered Nepal, a landlocked country, the facility to use Chattogram and Mongla ports, and Syedpur Airport. “We’re upgrading Syedpur Airport into a regional one.”

She mentioned about the BBIN connectivity saying that this would help increase the trade and commerce among Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India.

The Prime Minister said Bangladesh, Nepal and India can set up hydroelectric power plant through mutual cooperation which will be better for all the three countries.

She also said many Nepalese students are staying in Bangladesh and complete their higher studies.

Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari said she is happy to attend the birth centenary and golden jubilee programmes during her maiden visit to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has made a remarkable progress under the leadership of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, she said, adding, “We want a meaningful cooperation between the two countries.”

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