Official sources said here today that a team, led by Joint Secretary of Bangladesh Land Port Mustafa Kamal, yesterday held a meeting with local businessmen and BSF officials of Belonia subdivision to discuss about the commencement of bilateral trade. The delegation explored the feasibility of commencing export-import trade between the two nations. After the meeting in Belonia, the delegation also visited the site of the trade - River Feni. Meanwhile, Councilor of Economy and Commerce in the Indian High Commission at Dhaka Sudhakar Dalela held a separate meeting with the officials of the Tripura Chamber of Commerce (TCC) yesterday at Srimantapur of West Tripura to resolve the infrastructure problems of the check post.
They also spoke to Tripura Finance Minister Badal Choudhury where the minister placed three suggestions before commencing formal trade, which included improvement of road connectivity from Parshuram of Bangladesh to Belonia and rail connectivity upto Belonia to boost the infrastructure facilities inside Bangladeshi territory.
Mr Dalela assured that the High Commission would take up the matter with Indian authorities and the caretaker government of Bangladesh to upgrade all existing 32 ports of the Northeast and start bilateral trade between both the countries.
Out of 32, only six ports have been in operation since the past few years and despite repeated demands of commencing business through the rest 26 in the region, nothing has yet been done, TCC president M L Debnath said.