India to set up coastal surveillance system in Bangladesh

On 5th October PM Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart signed several MoUs that included connectivity, trade, transport and defense. The agreements include

  • A Coastal Surveillance system
  • Standard Operating Procedure on the use of Chattogram and Mongola ports
  • Withdrawal of 1.82 cusec of water from Feni river for drinking water scheme for Sabroom town, Tripura.
  • Implementation of Line of Credit committed committed by India to Bangladesh
  • Renewal of Cultural Exchange program – Cooperation in Youth Affairs.
  • MoU between University of Dhaka and University of Hyderabad.

The leaders also inaugurated three bilateral development projects

  • Import of LPG from Bangladesh
  • Inauguration of BIPSDI – Bangladesh – India Professional Skill Development Institute
  • Inauguration of Vivekananda Bhaban, students hostel at Ramakrishna mission in Dhaka.

Highlights of the meet

  • Under India’s Act East Policy, Bangladesh is provided opportunities to expand connectivity corridors. Both India and Bangladesh are set to increase air, water and rail connectivity to enhance trade between Bangladesh and North Eastern India. As part of this decision, the countries decided to operationalize
    • Dhulian – Gadagari – Rajshahi – Daulatida – Aricha route
    • Daukandi – Sonamura route
  • The BBIN Vehicles motor agreement was agreed to operate early. This will encourage other partner countries of BBIN to join the agreement
  • The leaders jointly agreed that the Indo – Bangla coastal Shipping Agreement should be taken as template for BIMSTEC. This will enhance the security of the Indo – Pacific region.

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