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Towards greater connectivity

  • Published at 12:00 am February 20th, 2020
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Any opportunity to strengthen relations with Nepal should not be missed

Only good things can come of expanding the scope of Saidpur airport in Nilphamari, and allowing Nepali flights to use it is a definite step in the right direction. 

Our government has responded favourably to Nepal’s proposal to use the airport, which Nepal says will enhance connectivity, trade, and tourism, and now, hopefully, these plans will be made concrete.

It is good to know that already the technical aspects are being looked into; with the right kind of investment and expertise, it is possible that Saidpur airport can be upgraded into an international airport in the near future.

Right now, the benefits of connecting Saidpur airport to Nepal are obvious. The airport is situated just 15 minutes from Nepal’s Bhadrapur and Biratnagar airports, and for people living in the northern part of Bangladesh, this will be nothing short of a game changer.

Nepali citizens also stand to gain big, of course.

Given the close proximity of Nepal and Bangladesh, and the myriad cultural similarities, it is regrettable that our trade potential has not been fully explored. Connectivity can change all of that.

At present, the trade volume is something in the neighbourhood of $50 million, and there is much room for growth.

The world of the 21st century will be all about connectivity, which means highways, rail links, and airports will make it easier to go from one region to another than ever before. This will enhance regional cooperation, break down barriers, and give a boost to our economy.

Any opportunity to strengthen relations with Nepal should not be missed.