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12:00 AM, December 06, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 06, 2011

Dhaka keen to import gas, electricity

Hasina tells Myanmar FM


Myanmar Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin welcomes Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Nay Pyi Taw airport yesterday during her official tour of Myanmar. Photo: PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday emphasised importing electricity and gas from Myanmar to meet power deficit.
There is also need for direct road and air links between the two countries to boost bilateral trade and investment, she said when Myanmar's Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin met her at Hotel Myat Taw Win in the afternoon.
During the meeting, issues relating to the repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh and trade and investment were discussed.
Hasina said gas could be imported from Myanmar's Block No # A-2 and Block No # L.
She sought cooperation from Myanmar to stop smuggling of illicit drugs into Bangladesh.
Referring to bilateral trade, the premier said Myanmar can import RMG, knitwear, pharmaceuticals, ceramics and jute goods from Bangladesh.
She said Myanmar's investors can also make investment in Bangladesh's potential sectors by taking advantage of the incentives offered by her government for foreign investors.
About tourism, Hasina favoured signing of a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the future to promote tourism between the two close neighbours.
In response, the Myanmar foreign minister said his country is functioning as a bridge among the South Asian countries. He said Myanmar is gradually moving towards market economy.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, Ambassador at-Large Mohammad Ziauddin, Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes and PM's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad were present.

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