Mamata thanked Hasina for visiting Kolkata to watch the historic day-night Test match
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has showed interest to import bicycles from Bangladesh.
"There is a huge demand for bicycles in West Bengal. So, Bangladesh can utilize this opportunity by exporting bicycles to West Bengal," Mamata said on Friday.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen briefed reporters about the outcome of the meeting, reports UNB.
Placing two proposals in this regard, the West Bengal chief minister said Bangladesh entrepreneurs can set up bicycle industries in joint venture in West Bengal and her government will allocate lands for them.
Secondly, she said, Bangladeshi investors can set up such industries in Bangladesh's bordering areas. It will reduce transportation cost to a great extent, Mamata said.
Momen said the West Bengal chief minister put emphasis on cooperation between Bangladesh and West Bengal in the fields of education, healthcare and industries.
Mamata apprised the prime minister of their social welfare programs and mentioned that West Bengal achieved the highest 8% GDP among Indian states.
In this context, Sheikh Hasina also focused on social safety net programs of Bangladesh as well as various steps of her government for the development of education in the country.
At the outset of the meeting, they exchanged greetings, said the foreign minister.
He said the West Bengal chief minister thanked the prime minister for visiting Kolkata to watch the historic day-night Test match between Bangladesh and India at Eden Gardens.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque, Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Secretary Sajjadul Hassan, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali, and Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguli Das were present.
Sheikh Hasina on Friday morning went to Kolkata on a short visit and jointly rang the bell for the opening of the ever-first day-night Test match for both Bangladesh and India.