Bhutan and Bangladesh are expected to forge new cooperations in the field of trade, health, agriculture, tourism and human resource development during the Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering’s state visit to Bangladesh in April.

According to media sources, cooperation on inland waterways for cargo transportation would also be discussed. A memorandum of understanding on inland waterways was signed during the visit of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Bhutan in 2017.

Cooperation in public administration training Centers of the two countries for exchange of faculty members as well as training and capacity building is also expected to take place.

During a foreign office consultation (FOC) meeting yesterday in Dhaka, both sides took stock of the progress in the ongoing bilateral cooperation in the areas of power, trade and investment, education, tourism, science and technology, agriculture, food security, water resources management, climate change and people-to-people contact.

Trilateral cooperation between Bangladesh, Bhutan and India in hydro power was also discussed, according to the Bangladesh’s ministry of foreign affairs. During the talks, Bhutan showed keen interest to recruit Bangladeshi doctors to work in Bhutan.

The foreign secretary Sonam Tshong, who led the Bhutanese delegation for the FOC was also quoted saying “Bangladesh holds a special place for the Prime Minister of Bhutan since he is an alumnus of Mymensingh Medical College.”

Staff reporter