We want to increase trade with Bangladesh and use the port of Chittagong says Dr R.Lalthangliana
Eastern Times, Dhaka, 21 March: The Health, Family Welfare, Higher & Technical Education, Commerce & Industry Minister of Mizoram Dr R.Lalthangliana Said ‘We want to increase trade with Bangladesh and use the port of Chittagong.
Lalthangliana came up with the information at a press briefing after a meeting with the Commerce Minister of Bangladesh in Dhaka on Sunday.
‘‘Mizoram is keen to increase trade and communication with Bangladesh. I call upon Bangladesh to take necessary steps for this. Mizoram is the most peaceful state in India. Mizoram is the closest state to Bangladesh. We have a lot of opportunities to grow our trade. We want to take advantage of this opportunity. To this end, communication can be established on the Bangladesh-Mizoram border by setting up border huts and building road bridges. This will make it easier for people from both countries to travel,’’ the Minister said.
He said there is a huge demand in Mizoram for various products including garments made in Bangladesh. Various products including bamboo, stone and teak can be exported to Bangladesh. We are trying to improve trade and communication systems in both countries.
Bangladesh Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said, “Bangladesh and Mizoram have agreed to establish three border haats and they have already visited several factories of Bangladesh. We’ll try to visit Mizoram next month,
Currently, several items like bamboo, segun timber, fruit and cement come from Mizoram, and Bangladesh export toiletries, garments, fruit juice, meat, fish, electronics, cooking oil, he said.
“The trade relations will be expanded further if we could increase the border connections,” Tipu said.
The Mizoram authorities stressed the need for building a bridge in Sajek.
“They (India) will be able to use Chattogram port directly after building a bridge in Sajek, we’ll try to construct a bridge there,” Tipu said.
India-Bangladesh Border Haat is a weekly market organised by the two countries.
The markets are not only for buying essential commodities but also for facilitating the reunion of families divided by the border.
They aim to promote the wellbeing of people living in remote areas across the border by setting up markets to sell the local produce.
Bangladesh and India share 4,100 kilometres of border. The first of the Border Haats was inaugurated on July 23, 2011.
Currently, four Border Haats are operational. Two of them are located in Meghalaya at Kalaichar and Balat, and the others in Tripura at Srinagar and Kamalasagar.
All sorts of goods, including cloths, soap, spices, kids’ items, food, domestic cookeries, oil, plastic products, ceramics and cosmetics are available at the new Border Haats.