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Bangladesh, Bhutan sign five bilateral agreements

  • Published at 11:08 am April 13th, 2019
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greets Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering at Shahajala International Airport in Dhaka upon his arrival on Friday, April 12, 2019 BSS

Prime ministers of both countries sat in tete-a-tete before the signing ceremony

Bangladesh and Bhutan have signed five bilateral instruments to enhance cooperation on inland waterways, health, agriculture, tourism sectors and Public Administration training centres. 

The instruments were signed after official talks between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering at the Prime Minister's office (PMO) in Dhaka on Saturday. 

Both the leaders sat in tete-a-tete before the instrument sighing ceremony.

These instruments are expected to enhance cooperation on cargo transportation, cooperation in health, agriculture and tourism sectors and cooperation between the Public Administration training centres of the two countries for exchange of faculty members as well as training and capacity building. 

The two prime ministers witnessed the signing ceremony. 

Shipping Secretary Md Abdus Samad and Secretary of Ministry of Economic Affairs Dasho Yeshi Wangdi signed the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the operationalization of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the use of inland waterways for transportation of bilateral trade and transit cargos between the two countries. 

The MoU between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh and Ministry of Health of the Royal Government of Bhutan was signed by Health Division Services Secretary Md Ashadul Islam and Bhutanese Health Secretary Dr Ugen Dophu. 

The MoU between Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (Barc) and department of agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of Bhutan was inked by Barc Executive Chairman Dr Md Kabir Ikramul Haque and Bhutanese Ambassador Sonam Tobden Rabgye. 

Rector of Bangladesh Public Administration training centre and Bhutanese Ambassador Sonam Tobden Rabgye signed the MoU between BPATC and Royal Institute for Management (RIM) while Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation Chairman Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir and Bhutanese Ambassador Sonam Tobden Rabgye signed the MoU between Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation and Tourism Council of Bhutan regarding tourism. 

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received the Bhutanese prime minister at the PMO around 10am.

The Bhutanese premier arrived in Dhaka Friday morning on a four-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.