PM Hasina for quick finalization of Bimstec Coastal Shipping Agreement

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday put emphasis on finalizing the Bimstec Coastal Shipping Agreement on urgent basis as the waterway connectivity is very important.

She made the remarks during a meeting with Shahidul Islam, the secretary general of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec), at her office in the parliament complex in Dhaka, reports UNB.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the prime minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said she stressed the need for bolstering trade cooperation among the Bimstec member countries.

Hasina said the connectivity between Bangladesh and India would be strengthened further as the routes, which was closed after the 1965 war, were being reopened gradually.

Shahidul informed her that the process was on to complete the Bimstec Motor Vehicle Agreement and the Bimstec Coastal Shipping Agreement.

He also briefed her on the activities of Bimstec Secretariat and said all seven member countries have already appointed directors at the secretariat in Dhaka.

Shahidul said the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency were interested to support Bimstec’s development fund.

Earlier, former British MP Keith Vaz also made a courtesy call on the prime minster.

Hasina apprised the former Labour Party MP of the present situation of forcibly displaced Rohingyas, who are currently sheltered in refugee camps in Bangladesh.