Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday put emphasis on finalising the Bimstec Coastal Shipping Agreement on urgent basis as the waterway connectivity is very important.
She made the remarks when Secretary General of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) Shahidul Islam met her at her Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban office.
PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
“Completing Bimstec Coastal Shipping Agreement is urgently needed as the waterway connectivity is very import,” the Prime Minister was quoted as saying at the meeting.
She also stressed the need for bolstering trade cooperation among the Bimstec member countries.
Sheikh Hasina said the connectivity between Bangladesh and India will be strengthened further as the routes, which was closed down after the 1965 war, are being reopened gradually.
The Bimstec secretary general informed the Prime Minister that the process is on to complete Bimstec Motor Vehicle Agreement and Bimstec Coastal Shipping Agreement.
He briefed about the activities of Bimstec Secretariat and said all the seven member countries have already appointed directors at the Secretariat located in Dhaka.
Shahidul Islam said World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are interested to support the development fund of Bimstec.
Earlier, former British MP Keith Vaz paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minster.
The Prime Minister apprised the former Labour Party MP of the present situation of forcibly displaced Rohingyas.