High-Level Monitoring Committee between India and Bangladesh

India and Bangladesh have agreed to set up a ‘High-Level Monitoring Committee’ under the chairmanship of the Secretary, Department of Economic Relations, Bangladesh, and the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to regularly review the progress of implementation of projects implemented on a credit (location) basis.

The decision was taken at the sixth meeting of the Joint Advisory Commission (JCC). On the date of 28th September 2020. S. Jaishankar and Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen co-chaired the meeting.

Key Points:

1.On the proposal to invite investment from Bangladesh’s top investors in India, External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar assured that this would encourage potential investors to invest in Bangladesh.

2.Expressing satisfaction with the pace of defense cooperation, including training, exchange, and capacity building measures, the statement welcomed the proposal to hold the next meeting of the annual defense dialogue in November.

3.Bangladesh also called for the early implementation of the Defense Line of Credit.

4.The two countries agreed to launch ‘air travel bubble’ flights to facilitate the travel of certain categories of passengers.

5.Reiterating India’s commitment to prioritize the supply of the COVID-1 vaccine, the Foreign Minister emphasized the importance of Bangladesh in India’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy.

6.India and Bangladesh reiterated the importance of a safe, speedy, and sustainable return to Myanmar, which was forcibly displaced from Rakhine State.

7.Bangladesh has stressed that delays in resolving the Rohingya issue could lead to a rise in the pockets of extremists who are destabilizing the region.

Reference Use: New On Air Date: 30th September 2020

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