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Bhutan seeks to use BD sea, air, land ports

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    Bhutan seeks to use BD sea, air, land ports
    Sends draft transit protocol to MoFA


    Bhutan seeks to use BD sea, air, land ports

    Nazmul Ahsan

    Bhutan wants to use the seaports and airports of Bangladesh along with five new land customs (LC) stations under a proposed Protocol on Transit between Bangladesh and Bhutan, official sources said.

    Bhutan has recently sent the draft Protocol on Transit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) ahead of the Commerce Secretary-level meeting between the two South Asian countries, scheduled to be held in Thimphu on May 9 next.

    "Bhutan is eager to strike a deal with Bangladesh to use our seaports and airports under a proposed protocol on transit," a high official at the MoFA told the FE on Sunday.

    He said as the issue was related to the function of the Ministry of Commerce (MoC), the draft protocol would soon be sent to MoC, with the specific observations of MoFA, for consideration.

    Currently, export and import between Bangladesh and Bhutan take place through two LC stations - Burimari and Tamabil.

    As per its proposal, Bhutan has sought seven LC stations including the existing two for export, import and transit purposes. The proposed new stations are Moghalhat, Noonkhawa, Nakugaon, Haluaghat and Banglabandha.

    Bhutan, in the protocol, has also sought to use the country's Chittagong seaport, Chittagong airport, Mongla seaport and Dhaka Hazrat Shahjalal International airport for transit purpose, according to the draft protocol on transit between Bangladesh and Bhutan, a copy of which has been obtained by the FE.

    Bangladesh and Bhutan earlier signed a transit agreement in 1980, but it did not come into effect fully, as India failed to reach an agreement on giving Bhutan a corridor and to allow it to use a strip of the Indian territory.

    Besides, the lack of any operation modality, the transit agreement between the countries could not come into full operation, a trade official said.

    Officials at the MoC said the issue of providing transit facilities to South Asian regional countries including India, Nepal and Bhutan would be finalised under a comprehensive formula as suggested by the Core Committee on Transit.

    "We are yet to get the go-ahead from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on initiating negotiations with interested countries for striking transit agreements," a senior trade official said.

    He said the report of the Core Committee on Transit had been submitted to PMO about three months back.

    However, the trade official said Bangladesh delegation at the forthcoming Commerce Secretary-level meeting would show its positive attitude towards transit between Bangladesh and Bhutan.

    Commerce Secretary Ghulam Hossain will lead a six-member delegation at the talks. The last Commerce Secretary-level meeting between the two countries was held in August 2008 in Dhaka.

    Officials at the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) said the agenda for the trade talks was yet to be finalised. However, they hinted that increasing trade volume between the two countries as well as facilitating bilateral business through establishing connectivity would get top priority at the meeting.

    Bangladesh exports to Bhutan items like ready-made garments, pharmaceuticals, melamine, toilet soap, dry food, fruit juice and mineral water.

    On the other hand, Bhutan exports products like fresh fruits, paper and paper boards, crushed stones, coffee and spices to Bangladesh.
     
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    will india allow Bhutan this
     
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    "The foreign ministry has informed the Bhutanese embassy that the government has already notified Nakugaon-Dalu and Tamabil-Dawki land customs stations as dedicated port for Bangladesh-Bhutan bilateral trade."
    India offers two new land ports to Bhutan for trade with BD
     
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    ^^^ after above post nothing left for BD members in this thread ;)

    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Yes, Why would India stop the growth of Bhutan, when India itself is invested several million dollars in hydroelectric project in Bhutan which has brought lot of prosperity in Bhutan as calculated by some happiness factor.
     
  6. Luffy 500

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    Apart from Buthan, BD is the only indian dalal in southasia currently. The darkest period in our
    history where we have been forced to be in the same Buthan. :hitwall:


    They will allow it since their Awami dalals are in power in BD. If the dalals are ousted, I highly doubt
    that they would allow Buthan to trade via BD.
     
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    The very genereous DADA India has agreed to grant only two land ports instead of five that bhutan has demanded. Miser is always too short of its neighbours' expectation. India talks big and delivers little.
     
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    Even if it looks great, any bilateral agreement that somehow involves India bears no prospect.
     
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    The common people of Bhutan has been fooled by their kings' 'Gross Happiness' for too long. They deserve something more substantial. Please put politics on the side and give them a sea route so they don't have to put on a smiling face for every tourist that visit.
     
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    We are more genereous than our geographic size says. It is the ugly India that always vetoes all the good gestures from its neighbouring countries. A few months ago Bhutanese PM or Aviation Minister visited BD north seeking permission for using old airports there for their use. We agreed, but we just do not know about the final result of this negotiation. Bhutan wants to use our airports because its own are always very windy. I suspect the big DADA has already torpedoed the gesture or not.
     
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    Here you go another person with anti India mind set.....Tommorow you will say that you can't go to toilet because India has torpedoed your ..........To be we will do every thing which is good for the interest of our country...It doesn't matter wether you love it or hate it.....
     
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    we indian very well know ,what are majority Bangladeshis' wet dream about North East India.
     
  14. Luffy 500

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    Bro Buthan is a defacto state of India. These guys have been kept in the dark and are oppressed
    and exploited by the Indians and they are losing their own cultural and ethnic identity. I won't
    be surprised if India forcefully annex Buthan In the future just like sikkim. They don't allow Buthan
    to have official diplomatic relation with China, a country the bhutanese share common history and
    religion. Even Indian ruppee is used in Buthan as a legal tender. That's how hegemonic these
    Indians are.
     
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    It was west Pakistan that created a non-Pakistani nationalism by depriving us in the east. The same is happening in your NE. NE needs a charismatic leader like Sk. Mujib in that region. NE will certainly become a separate entity because Indian govt is averse to spend money on a region that it knows will separate ultimately. But, this is only fueling the NE discontent. Why to blame Bd for that?