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Update: 15 April, 2019 17:07 PM
Teamwork on hydroelectric power to mitigate climate change challenges

Teamwork on hydroelectric power to mitigate climate change challenges

Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering wrapped up his four-day state visit to Bangladesh on Monday/UNB

Bangladesh and Bhutan think the proposed trilateral cooperation with India in hydroelectric power can further “strengthen regional cooperation, encourage the use of renewable energy and mitigate climate change challenges”.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Bhutanese counterpart Minister Dr Lotay Tshering welcomed the ongoing discussions among Bangladesh, Bhutan and India on the proposed trilateral cooperation in hydroelectric power.

They noted that they could hold a trilateral meeting of the power secretaries according to a joint statement issued on Sunday night on the Bhutanese Prime Minister’s four-day state visit to Bangladesh.

The visit witnessed the signing of several bilateral documents, including SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for the ope rationalisation of the MoU on Use of Inland Waterways for Transportation of Bilateral Trade and Transit Cargoes between Bangladesh and the government of Bhutan.

The Bhutanese Prime Minister wrapped up his four-day state visit to Bangladesh on Monday that expected to further “strengthen the bonds of friendship” between the two countries.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momin and State Minister for Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman saw the Bhutanese Prime Minister off at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the morning, said an official.

Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque was, among others, present.

The two Prime Minister noted the expanding bilateral trade and acknowledged its importance in further cementing the friendship between the two countries.

They agreed to allow duty-free access to an additional 16 items proposed by Bhutan and 10 items proposed by Bangladesh for which both sides shall expedite the process.

The two Prime Minister noted the next Commerce Secretary-level meeting will complete soon that.

They welcomed the signing of the SOP for the operationalisation of the MoU on the use of inland waterways for the transportation of bilateral trade and transit cargoes between Bangladesh and Bhutan.

The Prime Minister of Bhutan recalled Bangladesh’s offer of internet bandwidth and satellite services and welcomed the offer.

Dr Tshering paid the visit from April 12-15 April, coinciding with the festive period of the Bangla New Year Pahela Baishakh, at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The Prime Minister of Bhutan and the delegation joined the people of Bangladesh in the celebration of Pohela Boishakh, the Bangla New Year, on April 14.

Dr Tshering visited the Mymensingh Medical College, the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Bimstec Secretariat.

The Prime Minister of Bhutan invited Sheikh Hasina to visit Bhutan at a convenient time.

His spouse Dr Ugyen Dema, the Foreign Minister, the Health Minister, other senior government officials of Bhutan, and a business delegation accompanied him.

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