Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu on Thursday said increasing connectivity between India and Bangladesh is key to further strengthening economic ties between the two friendly nations.
The connectivity should be in various sectors including trade, transport, investment and people-to-people relation, he noted while addressing the inaugural session of the 3rd North East Connectivity Summit at Agartala in India.
"We would like to bring substantive changes in terms of connectivity. Bangladesh and India are now enjoying the best friendly relationship and willing to improve physical connectivity," an industries ministry release quoted him as saying.
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) organised the two-day summit with the theme "Trade with Bangladesh, South East Asia and People to People Connectivity."
Bangladesh has attached the highest importance to its relations with India in the spirit of good neighbourliness, Amu said adding: “We are keen on improving trade infrastructure, immigration, customs facilities and land ports between Bangladesh and India's northeast."
The prospect of air connectivity between Guwahati and Dhaka and between Shillong and Agartala via Dhaka could be explored, he noted.
Emphasising the railway connectivity between the two countries, Amu said: "We may restore the 1965 railway line first which was disrupted during the Indo-Pak war."
He expressed the hope that the business community of this region with the support of the governments will create an enabling environment for foreign investment and facilitate promotion of business.
"We intend to come forward to facilitating and promoting business in this region by mutual cooperation and reciprocal support utilizing the various comparative advantage of the region."
He hoped the friendly cooperation among the four member nations will be deep in future by building multi-modal connectivity, harnessing economic potentials and boosting people-to-people relations in Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) region.
He also mentioned that over the past seven years, Bangladesh and India witnessed tremendous progress in almost all sectors including security, connectivity, power, trade and commerce, development cooperation and people-to-people contact.