News List

Compiled features on recent developments in regional cooperation and integration in the SASEC region.

August 2020

Commentary: Resume Indo-Bangladesh Border Haats in a Bio-secured Manner

Prolonged closure of border haats will decrease income opportunities for border residents of both India and Bangladesh. But if border haats are to be reopened, operational guidelines will have to be amended to ensure personal and public safety in the time of COVID-19.

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Tags: Bangladesh, India, Border Haat, Trade, COVID-19

September 2018

Bangladesh and India Review Trade, Investment, and Connectivity

Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Government of India, and Mr. Tofail Ahmed, Minister of Commerce, Government of Bangladesh, held a bilateral meeting on 26 September 2018 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to discuss matters of trade, investment, and connectivity. The two ministers agreed to undertake a joint study for a potential Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, and fast-track six new border haats.

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Tags: Bangladesh, India, Connectivity, Trade, Border Haat, Ports, Rail

November 2016

New MoU to Expand Border Haats in Bangladesh and India

The Governments of Bangladesh and India are preparing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand their agreement on Bangladesh-India border ‘haats’ (markets). The MOU extends the provision to operate border haats to five years, increases the number of vendors allowed, and sets a $200 purchase limit per person.

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Tags: Bangladesh, India, Trade, Border Haat