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List of Agreements, MoUs and other Documents concluded during the visit of Prime Minister to Dhaka (June 06, 2015)

June 07, 2015

List of Agreements, MoUs and other Documents concluded during the visit of Prime Minister to Dhaka (June 06, 2015)

S.No. Name of Documents Description/Scope Bangladeshi Signatory Indian Signatory

A. Inter-Governmental:

Protocol for Exchange of Instrument of Ratification for Land Boundary Agreement

1.

Land Boundary Agreement –Protocol for exchange of Instrument of Ratification regarding the India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement, 1974 and Protocol of 2011 to the Land Boundary Agreement

 

 

The Agreement concerning the Demarcation of the Land Boundary between India and Bangladesh and Related Matters of 1974 and the 2011 Protocol to the 1974 Agreementcome into effect with the exchange of Instrument of Ratification.

 

 

 

H.E. Mr. Md Shahidul Haque

Foreign Secretary

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Government of Bangladesh

H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar

Foreign Secretary

Ministry of External Affairs

Government of India

2.

Exchange of Letters on Modalities for Implementation of India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement, 1974 and Protocol of 2011 to the Land Boundary Agreement

 

The letter specifies the modalities for implementation of Agreement concerning the Demarcation of the Land Boundary between India and Bangladesh and related matters of 1974 and Protocol of 2011.

H.E. Mr. Md Shahidul Haque

Foreign Secretary

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Government of Bangladesh

H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar

Foreign Secretary

Ministry of External Affairs

Government of India

B. Inter-Governmental: Agreements

3.

Agreement on Coastal Shipping between India and Bangladesh

 

 

Agreement seeks to promote two-way trade between India and Bangladesh through ports. Presently, shipping cargo plies between the countries through Colombo/Singapore/Klang ports. Coastal shipping will reduce shipping time and help in reducing congestion at the land ports.

 

H.E. Mr. Shafique Alam Mehdi

Secretary

Ministry of Shipping

H.E. Mr. Pankaj Saran

High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

4.

Bilateral Trade Agreement (Renewal)

 

Agreement was first signed in 1972.

Renewal of Agreement envisages promotion of trade through land, waterways, and railways between the two countries and provides for transit to the North-East India. It also facilitates access to Bangladesh cargo through India into Nepal and Bhutan. The Agreement has a validity of five years with provisions for auto renewal.

H.E. Mr. Hedayetullah Al Mamoon, NDC,

Senior Secretary

Ministry of Commerce

H.E. Mr. Pankaj Saran

High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

5.

Bilateral Cooperation Agreement between Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) and Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute (BSTI) on cooperation in the field of Standardization.

 

Agreement provides for phase wise process of conformity assessment and product certification involving inspections, testing of samples and acceptance of each other’s inspection reports. The Agreement seeks to eliminate technical barriers to trade to facilitate and enhance reciprocal market access of products to each other’s countries.

H.E. Mr. Md. Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, NDC,

Secretary

Ministry of Industries

 

H.E. Mr. Pankaj Saran

High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

6.

Agreement on Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati Bus Service and its Protocol

Agreement provides for operation of passenger buses between Dhaka and Guwahati with stops at Shillong and Sylhet. Will promote people to people contact. The Agreement provides for buses to run in this route six days a week.

H.E. Mr. M.A.N. Siddique Secretary, Road Transport and Highways Division, Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges

H.E. Mr. Pankaj Saran

High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

7.

Agreement on Kolkata-Dhaka- Agartala Bus Service and its Protocol

Agreement provides for operation of passenger buses directly between Agartala and Kolkata with one stoppage at Dhaka. Would reduce the travel distance between the two state capitals of West Bengal and Tripura. The Agreement provides for buses to run in this route six days a week.

 

 

H.E. Mr. M.A.N. Siddique Secretary, Road Transport and Highways Division, Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges

H.E. Mr. Pankaj Saran

High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

C. Inter-Governmental: Protocol / Programme

8.

Protocol on Inland Waterways Transit and Trade (PIWTT)

(Renewal)

Protocol was first signed in 1972.

Protocol outlines mutually beneficial arrangements for use of waterways of both countries for commerce between them and for passage of goods between two places in one country and to third countries through the territory of the other under mutually agreed terms. Protocol has five years validity with automatic renewal.

 

H.E. Mr. Shafique Alam Mehdi

Secretary, Ministry of Shipping

H.E. Mr. Pankaj Saran

High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

9.

Cultural Exchange Programme between the Government of India and the Government of Bangladesh for the year 2015-2017

Programme envisages detailed plan of action and cooperation in the field of Art and Culture, Mass Media and Youth Affairs and Sports for the period 2015-2017.

H.E. Aktari Mamtaz Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar

Foreign Secretary

Ministry of External Affairs

Government of India

D. Inter-Governmental: MoUs

10.

MoU between Government of India and Government of Bangladesh for extending a new Line of Credit (LoC) of US Dollar 2.0 billion

 

India extends a new LoC of US Dollar 2.0 billion to Bangladesh, with the same terms and conditions as agreed to in the existing Line of Credit of US Dollar 800 million extended by India to Bangladesh. Projects, which are critical for social and infrastructure development in Bangladesh, such as, in Power, Railways, Road Transportation, Information & Communication Technology, Shipping, Health, Technical Education sectors, will be considered for financing under the New Line of Credit of US$ 2 Billion. An indicative list of projects is appended to the MoU.

H.E. Mr. Mohammad Mejbahuddin

Senior Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance

H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar

Foreign Secretary

Ministry of External Affairs

Government of India

11.

MoU between India and Bangladesh on Use of Chittagong and Mongla Ports for Movement of Goods to and from India

 

MoU provides that Bangladesh shall allow use of Chittagong and Mongla Ports for the movement of goods to and from India by using Chittagong/Mongla to Agartala, Chittagong/Mongla to Dawki, and Chittagong/Mongla to Sutarkandi routes. Movements of goods to and from Chittagong and Mongla Ports may be by waterways, rail, road or multimodal transport.

 

Mr. Shafiq Alam Mehedi,

Secretary

Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of Bangladesh

H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar

Foreign Secretary

Ministry of External Affairs

Government of India

12.

MoU between India and Bangladesh on Blue Economy and Maritime Cooperation in the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean

 

Envisages cooperation on blue economy and maritime sphere for capacity building, training and joint research collaborations, and setting up of a Joint Working Group to further cooperation in this area.

H.E. Mr. Md Shahidul Haque

Foreign Secretary

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Government of Bangladesh

H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar

Foreign Secretary

Ministry of External Affairs

Government of India

13.

MoU between Government of India and Government of Bangladesh on Bilateral Cooperation for Prevention of Human Trafficking

 

MoU seeks to strengthen cooperation to prevent all forms of the human trafficking;especially trafficking of Women and Children; Rescue, Recovery, ensuring the speedy investigation and prosecution of traffickers and organized crime syndicates in either country, including the repatriation of victims as expeditiously as possible. Home country will undertake the safe and effective reintegration of the victims.

 

H.E. Dr. Md. Mozammel Haque Khan

Senior Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs

H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar

Foreign Secretary

Ministry of External Affairs

Government of India

14.

MoU between Government of India and Government of Bangladesh onthe prevention of Smuggling and Circulation of Fake Currency Notes

 

MoU seeks cooperation in the field of preventing and combating production, smuggling and circulation of fake currency notes through dialogue and interaction between the members of the Joint Task Force constituted for tacking the menace of fake currency notes (FCN) between India and Bangladesh.

 

H.E. Dr. Md. Mozammel Haque Khan

Senior Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs

H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar

Foreign Secretary

Ministry of External Affairs

Government of India

15.

MoU on establishment of Indian Special Economic Zone in Bangladesh

Envisages cooperation for the establishment of an Indian Economic Zone with the participation of business entities from both countries. Both the countries will work out preferential policies and encourage investors/companies/business communities of the two countries to set up units in Indian Economic Zone in Bangladesh.

H.E. Paban chowdhury
Executive Chairman
Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority

H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar

Foreign Secretary

Ministry of External Affairs

Government of India

16.

MoU between the Coast Guards of India and Bangladesh

 

Consequent to the settling of Maritime boundary between India and Bangladesh, MOU seeks cooperation between both the Coast guards to ensure jointly marine security and prevent crimes at sea.

H.E. Dr. Md. Mozammel Haque Khan

Senior Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs

H.E. Mr. Pankaj Saran

High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

17.

MoU for a Project under India Endowment for Climate Change – South Asia (IECC-SA) of SAARC to supply 70000 Improved Cook Stoves to Bangladesh

Project envisages supply of efficient and Improved cook stoves to 70000 rural households in Bangladesh. Project will be funded by India Endowment for Climate Change-South Asia (IECC-SA) established under SAARC, set up to meet climate change challenges in South Asia.

H.E. Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed

Secretary

Ministry of Environment and Forests

H.E. Mr. Pankaj Saran

High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

18.

MoU between Jamia Milia Islamia, India and University of Rajshahi of Bangladesh

MoU envisages collaboration between both the Universities to develop academic and cultural exchange in education, research and other related areas. MOU will facilitate faculty and student exchange program, including internships and sabbaticals. Joint publication of research, lectures, and trainings will also be supported by MoU.

 

 

 

Prof. Muhammad Mizanuddin
Vice-Chancellor

Rajshahi University

Prof. Talat Ahmad

Vice-Chancellor

Jamia Milia Islamia

19.

MoU between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, and University of Dhaka, Bangladesh for Joint research on Oceanography in Bay of Bengal

MoU will facilitate joint study, project research and cooperation for training and capacity building in Oceanography.

Dr. A.A.M.S. Aefin Siddique

Vice-Chancellor

University of Dhaka

H.E. Mr. Pankaj Saran

High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh

E. Inter-Governmental: Adoption of Statement of Intent

20.

Statement of Intent for Cooperation in the Field of Education

Adopted.

 

First comprehensive document for bilateral cooperation in education sector.

The ‘Statement of Intent’ provides a broad framework to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of education. It envisages the establishment of a high level dialogue in the field of education, Vice Chancellor’s Round Table, and cooperation in the areas of skill development, technical and vocational education. Indira Gandhi National Open University and Bangladesh Open University will work together for distant education sphere. Computer and ICT, Mathematics, Science and Technology are areas identified for R&D collaboration.

 

F. Semi Government : Agreement / Letter of Consent

21.

Handing over of a Letter of Consent to the Chairman, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India by Chairman, Insurance Development and Regulatory Authority (IDRA) of Bangladesh to commence operations in Bangladesh by LIC

With the Letter of Consent, LIC will begin operation in Bangladesh. LIC will form a Joint Venture Company with a local partner with 50% stake and commence business operation.

Mr Shefaque Ahmed,

Chairman

IDRA

Mr S. K. Roy

Chairman,

LIC

22.

Agreement between Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and BSNL and Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL)

 

A 22 kilometer optical fibre cable from Brahmanbaria to Akhaura border would provide the hired bandwidth to Agartala. This would significantly boost the signal strength of Internet available in the North-East of India.

Md Monwar Hossain

Managing Director

BSCCL

Mr Anupan Shrivastava

Chairman & Managing Director

Bharat Sanchar Nigam limited








Dhaka,

June 06, 2015



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