Addis Ababa (Ethiopia Today), September 11, 2023: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, held aIn bilateral talks in New Delhi on Friday, the two countries also signed three memoranda ofunderstandings (MoUs), including one on cooperation in digital payment mechanisms.
“The MoU on cooperation in digital payment mechanisms was signed between National
Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and Bangladesh Bank,” the Ministry of External
Affairs said in an official release.
Another MoU focused on the renewal of the Cultural Exchange Program (CEP) between
India and Bangladesh for 2023–2025 The third MoU was signed between the Indian
Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council
PM Modi and Sheikh Hasina also looked forward to the beginning of negotiations on the
Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), covering trade in goods, and
services, and protecting and promoting investment, the MEA release said.
The full range of bilateral cooperation, including political and security cooperation, border
management, trade and connectivity, water resources, power and energy, and development
Collaboration and cultural and people-to-people linkages were discussed by the two
Discussions also included recent regional developments and collaboration in international
Expressing satisfaction at the implementation of development cooperation projects, both
Prime Minister Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, looked forward to the
joint inauguration of projects: Agartala-Akhaura Rail Link, Unit-II of the Maitri Power Plant
and Khulna-Mongla Rail Link at a convenient date later.
Keeping in mind the regional situation in Bangladesh, PM Modi expressed appreciation of
the burden shouldered by the country in hosting over a million people displaced from
Rakhine State in Myanmar
He conveyed India’s constructive and positive approach to supporting solutions towards safe
and sustainable repatriation of the refugees, according to the MEA.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina praised Prime Minister Modi for the hospitality.
and the two leaders expressed a desire to continue their exchanges at all levels. The
Leaders decided to keep collaborating in order to step up their extensive engagement.