The Assam government in a bid to keep the Act East Policy more proactive is discussing ways to reopen the decades-old pre-partition railway links with the neighboring country of Bangladesh. The three railway links connect Chittagong to Makum, Cox’s Bazar to Ledo and Golakganj to Moirabari.
To provide impetus to the trade relationship between both the countries and also boost the economy via the rail, air, water links, the Assam government recently moved to the External Affairs Ministry and the Niti Aayog for the restoration of the same.
Minister of Commerce and Industry Chandra Mohan Patowary during a press briefing in Guwahati announced that the state will host a two-day stakeholders’ meet between India and Bangladesh from October 22nd, 2019 in the city. This meeting is aimed at discussing opportunities in the backdrop of BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement and also place Assam at the center for India’s trade expansion with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
It may be mentioned that India, Bangladesh, and Nepal have agreed on the text of the operating procedures for passenger vehicle movement in the sub-region under the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) signed in 2015.
The Minister also informed that the Bangladesh delegation would be led by top officials and ministers including 70 officials. From India’s part, a number of top bureaucrats from New Delhi are likely to attend the 2-day meeting.
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