Rangpur can play important role in BBIN initiative: Shringla

Rangpur can play important role in BBIN initiative: Shringla

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Rangpur (UNB) – Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said Rangpur, due to its geographical location, will have an important role to play in the initiatives taken under the BBIN framework.
He made the remark while addressing the Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) on Sunday evening.
On June 15, 2015, the BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal) Transport Ministers signed the BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement.

“It’s a milestone in sub-regional cooperation. The agreement will facilitate seamless movement of people and goods across the four countries and contribute to the region’s economic development and integration,” said the High Commissioner.
Shringla said the trial run of cargo truck movement between Dhaka and Delhi under the BBIN MVA was completed successfully in August this year.
He said joint power projects as well as connectivity projects, including multimodal transport for meeting commercial as well as tourist needs are being discussed within the BBIN framework.
The envoy said there is an urgent need for upgradation of infrastructure of the Land Customs Stations (LCSs) on both sides in a coordinated manner. “We’ll work together with Chambers and authorities concerned to move this in the right direction.”
To address the need on the Indian side, he said, they have plans to upgrade eight more Land Customs Stations into Integrated Check Posts.
Two of them have direct relevance for the members of RCCI: Fulbari and Changrabandha (Burimari is the corresponding LCS on Bangladesh side).
Shringla said they have liberalised the business visa regime for Bangladesh businessmen and are now issuing five-year multiple-entry business visas to nearly all the applicants.
The number of 3-5 year business visas issued by India more than doubled to 4772 in 2015 from 2272 in 2014.
“We expect to issue by the end of this year 14,000 business visas,” said the Indian envoy.

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