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2023-10-04 10:03:59 BdST

Bangladesh- Nepal stresses bolstering agriculture co-op

Speaker of Jatiya Sangshad Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury stressed initiating a Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh-Nepal relations, while interacting with a high-level parliamentary delegation from Nepal, led by Dr. Arzu Rana, Chair of the Agriculture, Cooperatives, and Natural Resources Committee.

The delegation is visiting Bangladesh to learn about Bangladesh’s success stories in Agriculture especially achieving self-sufficiency in food and see some agriculture projects in Bangladesh.

During the interaction, Speaker noted that the two countries can cooperate with each other in sectors like power, connectivity and tourism to further strengthen the relations.

She also stressed early operationalisation of the BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement for greater sub-regional connectivity, said a Foreign Ministry press release.

She hoped that once the construction of the Buddhist Monastery funded by Bangladesh government will be completed, it will boost the religious tourism.

The delegation started their official programs in Bangladesh by paying their tribute to the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman, at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32, Dhaka.

During the visit, they mentioned that Bangladesh is lucky to have such a charismatic leader like Bangabandhu.

Following their visit to the memorial, the delegation met the Standing Committee on the Ministry of Agriculture of Bangladesh Parliament.

The delegation was briefed about the tremendous success achieved in the agriculture sector of Bangladesh. Both sides stressed on sharing and exchange of the ideas and best practices in the agriculture sector.

In the afternoon, the parliamentary delegation called on Mr. Md. Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Foreign Affairs at the Ministry. They discussed on various areas of cooperation to further strengthen the bilateral relations.

The discussion focused on power, and connectivity, among others. The visiting delegation appreciated the current government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for making phenomenal socio-economic progress during last 14 (fourteen) years.

The delegation called on Dr. Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, the Minister for Agriculture.

The two sides emphasized on scientific expertise sharing and facilitating technology transfer for bolstering agricultural cooperation between the two nations.

The delegation would visit places like Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), SAARC Agriculture Center (SAC), Bangladesh Seed Association (BSA) as well as various agriculture projects in Bangladesh in next couple of days.

The delegation would depart Dhaka on 7th October 2023.

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