Bangladesh yet to give transit facility to any country, Finance Minister Muhith says
Parliament Correspondent bdnews24.com
Published: 2017-03-05 20:24:38.0 BdST Updated: 2017-03-05 20:24:38.0 BdST
Bangladesh has not yet given any country the permission to carry goods through the country under transit facility, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said.
"Goods from India are being carried under trans-shipment facility of the existing Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT) between Bangladesh and India," Muhith said in reply to a query in Parliament on Sunday.
India already carried its goods through Bangladesh, which has been seen and protested by many as transit.
Bangladesh also received duty for letting India use its infrastructure.
The facility significantly reduces the distance between the East and North East of India as currently, goods travel through the Siliguri corridor into Assam and further into other northeastern states.
The protocol facilitates trade and development not only between India and Bangladesh but in the entire sub-region promoting trade and development.
But transit for India is always a much-discussed issue in Bangladesh as it has most of its land borders with India.
The BNP is against granting India the facility to carry goods through Bangladesh. It claims the service will threaten the sovereignty of the country.
Any unauthorised use or reproduction of bdnews24.com content for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited and constitutes copyright infringement liable to legal action.
- Direct train line to Darjeeling to run after fifty years
- Tripura to have three railway links with Bangladesh, says Indian minister
- US may accuse North Korea of theft of Bangladesh reserves at New York Fed: Wall Street Journal
- NSA official points the finger at North Korea in Bangladesh Bank heist
- New draft law proposes official clearance mandatory for building houses in villages
- World economy picks up after decade of stagnation
- Rooppur N-power plant: Bangladesh, Russia agree on spent fuel management plan
- Planning ministry detects misuse of fund in Chittagong court building construction
- Inflation rose again in February
- Foreign Direct Investment goes up by 7.8% in first seven months of 2016-17
- Four suspects dead inside Sylhet's terror den, army to continue operation
- Army releases videos of assault on Sylhet militant hideout
- Sex in Thai city frustrates junta
- Indian visa rules for Bangladeshis relaxed further
- Burst of gunfire heard as Sylhet militant hideout siege enters fourth day
- Two killed, more ‘well-trained’ militants inside, says army in Sylhet anti-terror operation
- Indian borderguards step up vigil on Sylhet's border with Northeast India
- Shibbari siege must end sooner to deny militants a psychological victory
- Police believe man killed in blast near airport is 'missing' Mirpur youth Ayad
- Commandos rescue trapped residents from Sylhet 'militant den'