Meghalaya CM wants more trade with Bangladesh

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Shillong, Aug 8 (UNI) Meghalaya's Chief Minister Donkumar Roy today stressed on the need for improvement of infrastructure for boosting of bilateral trade between India and Bangladesh.

Speaking at a seminar on "look south, Meghalaya perspective" Roy stressed for creating infrastructure in railway, water and surface communication along the border with the state to boost trade between the two countries.

He said the region has huge potential for improt and export of fresh water fish, dry fish, jute, coal, limestone and other materials.

Trade between Meghalaya and Bangladesh through land custom stations was Rs 250 crore while Assam side was Rs 47 crore annually.

The centre's proposal of making a road link between Shillong and Dhaka was welcomed by the chief minister.

Opposition leader D D Lapang said that the state be invovled in the look east policy to opening up trade from the entire northeastern region with South Asian countries instead of making it a mere corridor.

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