Dhaka, Delhi seek stronger energy ties
Bangladesh and India are working together to build stronger energy connectivity, said Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Pranay Verma yesterday.
Mentioning the example of Rampal Power Plant, he said both units of the coal-fired plant were expected to be in operation this year.
Once the units start operating, it will ensure much-needed energy security in Bangladesh, he added.
He made the comments while talking at an event organised by the Bangladesh India Friendship Society (BIFS) at the Samson H Choudhury Centre of Dhaka Club.
More power plants are being constructed to supply power to Bangladesh, he said.
Bangladesh is the fourth or the fifth largest trade partner of India, he said, adding that there will be even more options for the countries to economically engage with each other.
"We are about to launch negotiation for the comprehensive economic productive agreement…
"So, these are some ways we are trying to work together to meet each other's requirements," he explained.
Bangladesh has one of the biggest visa services that any Indian mission has anywhere in the world, he said.
"We are also working together on the international platforms… We have invited Bangladesh to be a special guest country to participate in the deliberation of the G-20.
"This is not only a reflection of the importance that we attach bilaterally to Bangladesh but also our belief that Bangladesh with its developmental experiences and socio-economic success has much to contribute to the global discussions in overcoming a particularly challenging time in our history that the global community is talking about."
BIFS President Rashidul Alam, a valiant freedom fighter, chaired the reception.
Mahbubul Alam Hanif, joint general secretary of Awami League, Kazi Akram Uddin, member of the AL's advisory council, and Muzzaffar Hossain Paltu, member of the AL's advisory council, were present at the reception as special guests.