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Oct 25, 2018

India, Bangladesh sign agreements for enhancing inland and coastal waterways connectivity

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India and Bangladesh today signed several agreements for enhancing inland and coastal waterways connectivity between the two countries for trade and cruise movements.

Briefing media persons in New Delhi this evening, Shipping Secretary Gopal Krishna, and his Bangladesh counterpart Md. Abdus Samad said, the two countries have signed an agreement to use Chattogram and Mongla Ports in Bangladesh for movement of goods to and from India. 

A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has also been signed for movement of passenger and cruise services. In addition to this, an addendum to ‘Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade  between the two countries has also been signed for inclusion of Dhubri in India and Pangaon in Bangladesh as new Ports of Call. 

These agreements will facilitate easier movement of goods and passengers between the two countries, giving an impetus to trade and tourism.

According to an official release, in another important understanding reached at between the two countries, the Standard Operating Procedure for movement of passengers and cruise vessels on Inland Protocol route and coastal shipping routes have been finalised.

These river cruise services are likely to commence between Kolkata - Dhaka - Guwahati - Jorhat.

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