Chief Minister of India's West Bengal State Mamata Banarjee has said there is a huge demand of bicycles in her state and Bangladesh can utilise the opportunity of exporting the vehicle for mutual benefits.
The chief minister made the statement when she called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday at a hotel in West Bengal. Later, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen briefed reporters about the outcome of the meeting, report BSS and UNB.
Sheikh Hasina on Friday morning went to Kolkata on a short visit and jointly rang the bell for the opening of the ever-first day-night Test match for both Bangladesh and India.
In this connection, Mamata Banerjee made two proposals. Firstly, she said, Bangladeshi entrepreneurs can set up bicycle industries in joint ventures in West Bengal, and West Bengal state government will allocate land for them to facilitate such move.
Secondly, the Bangladeshi investors can set up such industries in Bangladesh’s bordering areas, Mamata said adding that it will reduce transportation cost to a great extent.
The foreign minister said the West Bengal Chief Minister put emphasis on cooperation between Bangladesh and West Bengal in the fields of education, healthcare and industries.
Mamata Banerjee apprised the premier of their social welfare programmes. She also mentioned that West Bengal achieved highest 8 per cent GDP among the Indian states.
In this context, Sheikh Hasina also focused on social safety net programmes of Bangladesh as well as various steps of her government for the development of education in the country.
At the beginning of the meeting, they exchanged greetings, the foreign minister said.
He said that the West Bengal chief minister thanked the Bangladesh Prime Minister for visiting Kolkata to watch the historic day night test match between Bangladesh and India at Eden Gardens.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM MOzammel Haque, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Huq, PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali and Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguli Das were present.