Desk Report: Bhutanese Premier Lotay Tshering is expected to visit Dhaka next month at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to increase cooperation on trade, inland waterways, health and agriculture sector between the two countries.
“He is expected to arrive here in the second week of April,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told newsmen after a meeting with his Bhutanese counterpart Sonam Tshong at the state guesthouse Meghna on Tuesday afternoon.
During the visit, a number of bilateral instruments are expected to be signed cooperation on inland waterways for cargo transportation, health and agriculture sectors, he said.
The Bhutanese foreign secretary expressed his happiness at holding of the FOC which hold special significance in light of the forthcoming visit of Bhutanese Prime Minister to Bangladesh.
He highlighted that Bangladesh holds a special place for the Prime Minister of Bhutan since he is an alumnus of Mymensingh Medical College.
During today’s second Foreign Office Consultation (FOC) between Bangladesh and Bhutan, the two foreign secretaries discussed a number of bilateral issues, including enhancing trade and commerce, establishing connectivity and cooperation in energy, education, tourism, human resources development, science and technology, agriculture, food security, water resources management and climate change sectors.
Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque who led a 19-member delegation drawn from the various ministries and departments of the government, said that the 2nd FOC will help in further intensifying bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Apart from bilateral issues, the two sides also discussed cooperative frameworks on transit and connectivity, specially under the BBIN framework which Bangladesh believes is crucial for the future development of the sub-region.
Trilateral cooperation between Bangladesh, Bhutan and India in the field of hydroelectric power was also discussed.
During the talks, Bhutan showed keen interest to recruit Bangladesh Doctors to work in Bhutan.
Foreign Secretary Tshong is leading an eight-member delegation on a 3-day visit to Bangladesh. _BSS
risingbd/Dhaka/March 19, 2019/AKA