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India takes various steps to enhance bilateral trade: Pankaj
RAJSHAHI, April 9 (BSS)- Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Ponkaj Saran said the Indian government has taken a number of steps to increase the bilateral trades with Bangladesh.

As part of it, an integrated customs house has been set up besides development of other necessary infrastructures on the Indian part of Hili land port by spending 78 crore Indian Rupees.

Besides, he said there is a plan for elevating the warehouse on the Indian part of Sonamasjid Land Port to expedite its commercial Activities.

Ponkaj Saran stated that most of the commodities excepting some contraband items are being exported to Bangladesh free of customs duty and that is a matter of happiness.

Saran made these observations while sharing views with the business leaders , exporters and importers at the conference hall of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry here yesterday as the chief guest.

Chapainawabgonj Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) in collaboration with FBCCI organized the meeting.

With CCCI President Abdul Wahed in the chair, First Secretary (Commerce Wing) of the Indian HC B Shyam, Assistant High Commissioner KP Munshi, FBCCI Director Hassen Ali and President of Sona Masjid Exporters Importers Group Kabirur Rahman Khan were present at the meeting.

Responding to a query on liberalizing visa and multiple visa
the Indian envoy said the high commission will consider the matter of issuing trade and treatment visas with due importance.

Besides, he emphasized the need for increasing rail wagons for carrying goods from India to Bangladesh through Rohanpur- Singabad route.

In this context, he said the number of wagons has been reduced on the route due to vulnerable condition of the railway track.

He termed the matter of showing Bangladeshi Television channels in India as trade and business and said there is no legal bar in this regard.


He said there is no scope of pressuring the cable operators in this regard but the Indian government can persuade them.

He, however, said the cable operators have started showing some Bangladeshi channels in West Bengal.

Taking part in the discussion, the exporters and importers raised their existing problems and called for devising ways and means to overcome those for making the bilateral trade more effective.
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