In a bid to enhance regional connectivity and boost trade and commerce between Bangladesh and India, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday offered India the use of Chittagong and Sylhet ports. The prime minister emphasized that both countries can benefit mutually by increasing connectivity and fostering people-to-people contacts.
“India can use our Chittagong and Sylhet ports if they want,” said Sheikh Hasina, adding that this move would facilitate greater trade and commerce between the two neighboring countries. She also expressed optimism that the longstanding friendship between Bangladesh and India would continue to flourish in the future.
With this proposal, Bangladesh aims to strengthen its economic ties with India and promote regional integration. Both Chittagong and Sylhet ports are strategically located and can serve as vital gateways to connect Bangladesh with other countries in the region.
India is one of Bangladesh’s key trading partners, with bilateral trade between the two countries amounting to around $10 billion annually. The utilization of Chittagong and Sylhet ports is expected to further boost trade between the two countries and contribute to the economic development of the region.
Overall, the offer of port usage by Bangladesh to India highlights the importance of regional connectivity and cooperation for sustainable economic growth. This move is expected to pave the way for closer ties between the two countries, leading to greater prosperity and development for the region as a whole.