India Bangladesh Bilateral Meet

  • India is Bangladesh’s second biggest trade partner, and its largest export market in Asia.
  • Despite Covid-19 related disruptions, bilateral trade grew at an unprecedented rate of almost 44 per cent from $10.78 billion in 2020-21 to $18.13 billion in 2021-22.
  • To strengthen the relation between both countries, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on September 05, 2022 arrived in India on a four-day (05-08 September 2022) state visit.

Key Highlights

  • The two sides signed seven agreements covering railways, science and technology, space cooperation, media, and water sharing
  • The two Leaders agreed to expedite efforts to improve bilateral and sub-regional connectivity through early operationalization of the BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement.

Projects Inaugurated/Announced/Unveiled

  • Unveiling of Unit I of Maitree power plant The 1320 (660×2) MW super critical coal-fired thermal power plant at Rampal, Khulna.
  • Inauguration of Rupsha Bridge – The 5.13 km Rupsha Rail Bridge is a key part of the 64.7 km Khulna-Mongla Port single track broad gauge rail project.
  • Khulna Darshana railway line link project – The project is upgradation of existing (doubling of Broad Gauge) infrastructure linking the current cross border rail link at Gede-Darshana to Khulna.