Indo-Bangla Stakeholders’ Meet underway in Guwahati

The two-day India-Bangladesh Stakeholders Meet has begun in Guwahati. Assam and Tripura Chief Ministers, Commerce Minister of Bangladesh Tipu Munshi, Road Transport and Highway Minister of State V K Singh took part in the inaugural ceremony among others.

Addressing the occasion, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the bond that the people of Assam share with Bangladesh is full of warmth and affection. The legendary singer Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s song ‘Ganga Amar Ma, Padma Amar Ma…’ perfectly symbolizes the inseparable bondage of identity and cultural bonhomie of people across the border.

Assam Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, in his welcome address, said that a lot of opportunities opened between the two countries during the past couple of years for the growth of North East.

In 2018-19, the bilateral trade between India and Bangladesh (as per the Ministry of Commerce figures) reached an all-time high of USD 10.2 billion, up 16% with respect to the 2013-14 figures- India’s exports to Bangladesh being USD 9.2 billion out of that. The figures for bilateral trade over the last 3 financial years are as follows:

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