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Connectivity key to harness regional co-op: Dr Rizvi

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Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi has said improving connectivity should be the central part of effort to fully harness the potentials for co-operation among Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

While addressing a roundtable in Kathmandu on Tuesday, the PM’s Adviser stressed on the advantages of proximity of the member countries and asserted on harnessing commonalities as the first steps towards trilateral and regional cooperation.

The Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, organised a roundtable meeting on “Prospects and Challenges on Nepal-India-Bangladesh Trilateral Co-operation” at the Malla Hotel in Kathmandu on Monday.

The roundtable discussion was initiated with the address of welcome by Mashfee Binte Shams, Ambassador of Bangladesh in Nepal.

She said the major objective of the programme was to discuss the prospects and challenges of economic co-operation and integrations among Nepal, India and Bangladesh and to promote mutually beneficial activities.

Dr Rizvi, in his key presentation, also mentioned to take advantage of Bangladesh’s offer to Nepal to use of Mongla and Chittagong ports.

He also focused on energy cooperation as energy crisis is a major impediment to inclusive economic growth of the region.

The international affairs adviser also talked about promoting tourism and importance of cooperation in critical areas like climate change and global warming.

He expressed the need for high-level dialogue between Bangladesh, India and Nepal to add impetus to the process of co-operation.

Ambassadors, representatives from different diplomatic missions, policy experts, think tank members, academician, business persons, government officials and media personalities were present among others at the roundtable.

The roundtable was concluded with remarks by the Commerce Secretary of Nepal Chandra Kumar Ghimire. The programme was co-hosted by the Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA).

-SAM/MIAH

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