News List

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

March 2018

Sri Lanka Commerce and Industry Ministry: Stronger Maritime and Air Links can Boost Sri Lanka-Bangladesh Ties

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka emphasized the need for the country to build stronger maritime and air links with Bangladesh to increase bilateral trade and investments. Improving linkages between Sri Lanka's Hambantota/Colombo ports and Bangladesh's Chittagong port will encourage more shipping, tourism, and investments, according to the Ministry.

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Tags: Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Shipping

March 2018

India Keen to Tap Pangaon River Terminal for Trade with Bangladesh

The Ministry of Shipping of the Government of India will propose to add the Pangaon river terminal into the India-Bangladesh protocol for inland water trade at the upcoming secretary-level talks between the two countries. Located 20 kilometers away from Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Pangaon container terminal can provide a cost-effective means to transport goods between Kolkata and Dhaka.

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Tags: India, Bangladesh, Shipping

March 2018

Bangladesh, Thailand Discuss Bilateral Cooperation in Shipping, Trade, and Energy

Bangladesh's 'Look East Policy' and Thailand's 'Look West Policy' could be synchronized to create new trade and economic connectivity corridors, according to Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-chaon during a meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali. They discussed a range of bilateral cooperation, including shipping, trade, energy, and those under BIMSTEC.

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Tags: Bangladesh, Thailand, Shipping, Energy, Trade, Transport

October 2017

Bangladesh, India Finance Ministers Sign Third LoC, Note Good Relations

Mr. Abul Maal A. Muhith, Finance Minister, Bangladesh, and Mr. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, India, signed the Third Line of Credit (LoC) from India to Bangladesh worth $4.5 billion, to be used for implementation of projects in connectivity. Mr. Jaitley lauded the outstanding relations between the two neighbors after a meeting with Mr. Muhith.

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Tags: Bangladesh, India, Connectivity, Energy, Rail, Shipping, Road, Ports

May 2017

New India Investment Agreements Take Holistic Approach to Spur Infrastructure Growth

India has signed investment agreements worth $31 million at the Integrated Transport and Logistics Summit in New Delhi, India. The agreements form part of the Government of India’s holistic approach to spur infrastructure growth, according to Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Road Transport and Shipping Minister, India.

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Tags: India, Transport, Shipping

August 2016

Banglabandha Land Port Improvement to Support Rising Bangladesh-Nepal Trade

The Ministry of Shipping, Government of Bangladesh, has ordered upgrading of the Banglabandha Land Port to cater to rising trade with Nepal. This includes improving and building new loading and unloading sheds, and other needed infrastructure, such as warehouses, vehicle parking, and the road leading to the port.

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Tags: Shipping, Bangladesh, Nepal, Transport, BBIN

July 2016

Nepal Freight Forwarders Urge Early Operationalization of Vizag Port

Freight forwarders in Nepal have urged early operationalization of the Vizag Port in India as an alternative port for Nepal trade. According to the Nepal Freight Forwarders Association, ocean freight costs, Customs house agent charges, and other logistic costs can be reduced by directing trade through Vizag Port.

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Tags: Nepal, Shipping, Trade Facilitation

July 2016

Bangladesh and India In Talks to Open Up Coastal Shipping Routes to Passenger Vessels

Plans are underway to open up coastal shipping routes between Bangladesh and India to passenger and cruise vessels. According to Bangladesh Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, the two countries are in talks to sign a memorandum of understanding allowing Indian vessels through Bangladesh's waterways, to ease travel to India's northeast.

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Tags: Bangladesh, India, Transport, Shipping

January 2016

Chittagong Seaport Records Milestone 2 Million TEU of Containers Handled

Chittagong Seaport attained its 2016 target of handling 2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of containers one year early. This announcement was made by the Chittagong Port Authority on 3 January 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan as chief guest. According to Minister Khan, Chittagong Port's container holding capacity increased to 40,000 TEU, owing to a rise in container handling demand, which grew by 700,000 TEU in the last 3 years.

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Tags: Bangladesh, Trade Facilitation, Trade, Transport, Shipping