Bangladesh interested in importing hydropower from Bhutan: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated Bangladesh’s interest in importing hydropower from Bhutan through India.

On Sunday (June 9), Bhutanese Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Toboghe expressed his interest when he paid a courtesy call on Sheikh Hasina at her residence in India.

A tripartite agreement is needed for import of hydropower and we have already discussed the matter with India, he told the Bhutanese Prime Minister.

Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud said these things in a press briefing after the meeting.

He said, Bhutan is eagerly waiting to export hydropower to Bangladesh. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh told his Bhutanese counterpart that a tripartite agreement is needed for the export of electricity from Bhutan through Indian territory and the matter has been brought to the notice of India.

Dr. Hasan said, during the courtesy meeting, the entire bilateral relations between the two countries came up for discussion. Both countries reiterated their commitment to enhance existing multilateral relations.

The Prime Minister of Bhutan thanked the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for building a burn unit in his country and providing essential medicines for one year.

He praised the development of Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of Sheikh Hasina.

Sheikh Hasina said Bhutan occupies a special place in the heart of Bangladesh. Because Bhutan first recognized Bangladesh as an independent country after the 1971 liberation war. We are ready to provide all kind of assistance to Bhutan.

He stressed on the proper use of the space allotted to India in the Special Economic Zone at Kurigram and hoped that Bhutan would develop industries there.

Prime Minister asked for Bhutanese investment in Bangladesh.

The Prime Minister of Bhutan praised Saima Wazed, the only daughter of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and WHO Regional Director for Southeast Asia, and mentioned her recent visit to Bhutan.

Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Private Industry and Investment Salman Fazlur Rahman, State Minister for Commerce Ahsanul Islam Titu, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Mohammad Tofajzel Hossain Mia, Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) Masood Bin Momen, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Secretary Mohammad Salahuddin and Press Secretary Naeemul Islam Khan and others were present on behalf of Bangladesh.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Chandra Bahadur Gurung, Home Minister Shering, Ambassador of Bhutan to India Major General V. Namgyel, Cabinet Secretary Kesang Deki and Foreign Secretary Pema Choden were present on behalf of Bhutan.