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Prospects and Challenges on Nepal-India-Bangladesh Trilateral Co-operation

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Kathmandu, Nepal: The Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu, Nepal organized a roundtable meeting on “Prospects and Challenges on Nepal-India-Bangladesh Trilateral Co-operation” at the Malla Hotel, Kathmandu. Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Hon’ble Adviser for International Affairs to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh was the key note speaker of the round-table.

The roundtable discussion was initiated with welcome remarks by H.E. Ms. Mashfee Binte Shams, Ambassador of Bangladesh in Nepal. She stated that the major objective of the programme was to discuss the prospects and challenges of economic cooperation and integrations among Nepal-India-Bangladesh and to promote mutually beneficial activities. Hon’ble Adviser Dr. Gowher Rizvi, in his key presentation, stressed on the advantages of proximity of the member countries and asserted on harnessing commonalities as the first steps towards trilateral and regional cooperation. He expressed the view that improving connectivity should be the central part of effort to fully harness the potentials for co-operation. He also mentioned to take advantage of Bangladesh’s offer to Nepal to use of Mongla and Chittagong ports. He also focused on energy cooperation as energy crisis is a major impediment to inclusive economic growth of the region. The international affairs adviser also talked about promoting tourism and importance of cooperation in critical areas like climate change and global warming. He expressed the need for high-level dialogue between Bangladesh, India and Nepal to add impetus to the process of co-operation. The Adviser also engaged in question and answer session.

Ambassadors, representatives from different diplomatic missions, policy experts, think tank members, academician, business persons, Government officials and media personalities were present among others at the roundtable. The roundtable was concluded with remarks by the Commerce Secretary of Nepal Mr. Chandra Kumar Ghimire. The programme was co-hosted by the Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA).

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