AIZAWL, Dec 9 � Bangladesh Minister Dipankar Talukdar, on his maiden visit to Mizoram, called on the State Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla here yesterday. They held wide-ranging discussions relating to border trade between the two countries through the State.
Welcoming the Bangladesh Minister and his team to Mizoram, Lal Thanhawla expressed his appreciation over the warm welcome and cooperation extended to them during their recent visit to Bangladesh while accompanying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He stated that the enthusiasm shown by Bangladesh Prime Minister would certainly help boost future ties between the two countries.
Lal Thanhawla further stated that in order for the Indo-Bangla trade to really pick up, it was vital to improve road communication. He assured the Minister that the Mizoram Government was doing its best to speed up all works on this side of the border and asked the latter to ensure the same on their side.
The Chief Minister lauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her keen interest in accelerating border trade.
Dipankar Talukdar assured the Chief Minister that all formalities at their end was being finalised and that Bangladesh Government was equally keen on starting border trade as soon as possible. He mentioned that a number of border trade points between Tripura and Bangladesh had already been started.
Mizoram Trade & Commerce Minister Lalrinliana Sailo pointed out that State farmers were exporting hatkora fruits to Bangladesh through Tripura; however, imposition of Rs 4 tax per fruit at the border was causing problem for them and requested the visiting Minister to look into the matter.