In an interesting development in South East Asia, Bangladesh has allowed India, Nepal and Bhutan to use its Mongla port. The Prime Minister’s Office has asked the ministry of shipping (MoS) to take necessary steps for providing transit facilities to India, Nepal and Bhutan to use Mongla port, officials said.
Prime Minister’s economic affairs adviser Mashiur Rahman conveyed the message in a recent letter to Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan. He mentioned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took the decision on the basis of a plea of the Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).
Mongla Port to be used for Northeast
The usage of this port will be beneficial for India. By using this port, goods can be carried to the Northeastern states. Nepal and Bhutan are also interested to use the ports for facilitating their external trade. Officials said the underused Mongla port will become busy. Its earnings will significantly increase once India, Nepal, and Bhutan start using the port.
Mongla Port Authority (MPA) chairman Riazuddin Ahmed said, ’We are ready to handle cargoes of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Almost half of the total capacity of the port now remains unused.’
Bangladesh has already granted transit and transshipment facility to neighbouring India. It is already carrying goods to its seven sister states using Ashuganj river port.