Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Saturday, August 19, 2017 05:56:05 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Bangladesh-Bhutan ties to get new boost

By
20th-Apr-2017       Readers ( 212 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

BANGLADESH and Bhutan have inked five deals on avoidance of double taxation, agriculture, standardisation of goods, cultural cooperation and waterways connectivity during just concluded Bangladesh Prime Minister's visit to Thimphu. Among the five deals, it is undeniably the connectivity issue that relatively merits more attention from both sides in order to pace up the realisation of the other four. Particularly, the Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA) between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) could not be implemented even though a year and half have elapsed since the signing of the treaty in June 2015. As roads agreement has immense potentials, in terms of ensuring connectivity, so Bhutan as a stakeholder nation must now run the extra mile for giving it an extra push to materialise it from its respective end.

It would have been quite a diplomatic feat if an agreement exclusively focusing on removing last hurdles of road connectivity could have been inked this time. However, we expect the Bhutanese government to ratify the BBIN agreement in its parliament as early as possible so to pave the way for reaping multilateral benefits. Concerning the signing of the waterways treaty, allowing Bhutan to use our waterways for transportation of goods imported through Chittagong and Mongla seaports should also economically benefit both countries. 

Furthermore, at the regional and trilateral level, the two countries had jointly held talks about water resource management at source following cooperation in hydropower projects. Specifically Bangladesh, Bhutan and India had recently come up with a Memorandum of Understanding for Bangladesh to invest in the 1,125 MW Dorjilung project aimed to transport the power through India to Bangladesh. The Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and India also mentioned this in their joint statement during Bangladesh  Prime Minister's recent state visit to India. Given the growing demand for cheap energy at home all the three stakeholders should fast track the completion of this hydropower project. 

Lastly, our relation with the Kingdom of Bhutan has so far been pleasant and notably a historic one. Not to mention, it was the first country to have recognized Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign state. In spite of a smooth and friendly two-sided relation little has actually been realised as strong mutual partners.

Following the five deals inked at Thimphu, we now expect to see a more pro-active approach from our Bhutanese counterparts. The point in fact is that, both Bangladesh and Bhutan will have to come out of the box of symbolic good diplomatic relations and start working jointly to attain more tangible results to the benefit of both the nations.

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Import is not enough; make sure people get rice at low cost


THE country is apparently facing acute food shortage; which is evident from a government decision to increase food grains import to 20 lakh tonnes this year from earlier announced import at 11 lakh tonnes. The cause of the sudden rise in import is that the country has lost over 20 ...

Entertainment »

Friends & Family bring in Sangeeta Ahir`s birthday with a bang


Even though once and still considered a taboo, Suicide and depression are rarely the theme of films in Indian cinema. Depression is alarmingly rising in the youth and adults in India making it a major cause of concern. Depression is usually caused by traumatic experiences, bad relationships, anxiety, and low ...

International »

Civilian deaths surge in Raqqa as IS tactics slow US-backed advances


VOA News :As U.S.-backed forces continue to make slow progress in their offensive to oust Islamic State (IS) from its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, thousands of civilians who are trapped in the city face an increasing danger of getting caught in crossfire, rights organizations and local activists warn.Officials from the ...

City »

Ameer of Islami Andolon Bangladesh Mufti Syed Muhammad Rejaul Karim, Pirshaheb Charmonai addressing a rally organised in front of its office in the city by Islami Shashantantra Chhatra Andolon on Friday in protest against effort to snatch independence of judiciary.


.

Editorial »

Weak construction of highways and public safety


MOST of the national highways and local roads are severely battered now by torrential recent rains, floods and from lack of regular maintenance. They are in a dilapidated condition - much to the worries of holidaymakers ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. The pothole worries not only linked to unrelenting jams resulting from ...

Cricket »

Sri Lankan Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala (left) speaks as Chief Selector Sanath Jayasuriya watches during a media briefing ahead of the One-Day International cricket match series against India in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday.


Entertainment »

Kriti Sanon unleash her Bitti avatar


'Bareilly Ki Barfi' is undoubtedly one of the most awaited films of the year. The refreshing and pleasing storyline has got everyone hooked to witness the drama that unfolds in this small town set film. What has got everyone intrigued is the lead character of the film, 'Bitti'. As we ...

International »

Flood marooned people in Indian states, eases in Nepal


AP, Lucknow :Monsoon flooding is easing in Nepal, but the water flowing downriver has worsened floods in northern India and marooned thousands of villagers across the border, officials said Thursday.The existing flood situation was aggravated in Uttar Pradesh state after three rivers became swelled with the waters from Nepal, said ...

City »

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaking at a discussion marking 18th death anniversary of former Secretary General of BNP Barrister Abdus Salam Talukder at a function organised by 'Barrister Abdus Salam Talukder Smrity Sangsad' at the Jatiya Press Club on Thursday.


Editorial »

Even people from West Bengal are coming for shelter


THE flood situation is aggravating as the water levels in major rivers and their tributaries in the north and northeast are still rising or not showing enough sign of slow down. Government has ignored flood warning only to be caught unguarded by scarcity of arrangement to save affected people. Over ...

International »

Fears for 600 still missing in Sierra Leone floods


AFP, Srinagar :Indian and Chinese troops clashed briefly on a disputed area of land in the Himalayas, officials said Wednesday, exacerbating tensions during a months-long standoff between the two armies.Chinese troops threw stones at Indian soldiers near Pangong Lake, a major tourist attraction in the picturesque mountain region of Ladakh ...

Sports »

Thailand's Rojnaree Taweechai (right) battles for control the ball with Indonesia's Ivy Nernie Priscilla at the women's water polo round robin during South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday.


Entertainment »

Shabnam on her birthday


Entertainment Report :Today is the birthday of legendary film actress Shabnam. Last year she lost her husband noted music composer and director Robin Ghosh. After losing husband Shabnam has been passing lonely days. Her only son Roni Ghosh most of the time stays outside the country due to his professional ...

City »

Bangladesh Awami League organised a memorial meeting on the occasion of the National Mourning Day and 42nd martyrdom anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city yesterday.


City »

Participants at the prayers session at Dhakeshwari Jatiya Mandir on Tuesday on the occasion of National Mourning Day.


.

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news