H.E Syed Muazzem Ali, High Commissioner of Bangladesh, New Delhi called on Honorable Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad today at New Raj Bhavan

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Raj Bhavan

Gangtok, Sikkim

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

H.E Syed Muazzem Ali, High Commissioner of Bangladesh, New Delhi called on Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad today at New Raj Bhavan. He was accompanied by Mr A.F.M Zahid-Ul-Islam, Minister (Political)  during the occasion. 

It was a courtesy call by the Bangladeshi Diplomat who is on a four days visit to Sikkim from 15th September 2019.

In a formal interaction, various issues concerning the State and leveraging  potential partnership with Bangladesh were discussed. H.E S.M Ali enquired on the status of air connectivity in Sikkim and showed  keenness of his country to establish air connectivity between Sikkim and Dhaka. He further mentioned that on the premise that the number of Bangladeshi tourists in India is increasing manifold since last few  years, the enhanced connectivity with Sikkim will be mutually beneficial for tourism prospects in Sikkim and also  for  medical tourism for Bangladeshi nationals. He also stated that medical tourists accounts for nearly 50% of the Bangladeshi tourists visiting India and to facilitate more tourist to visit Sikkim and North Bengal, Bangladesh is establishing Visa and Emigration facilitation centre in Siliguri soon. The Bangladeshi diplomat further mentioned that once the much awaited Motor Vehicle Agreement with India gets materialised, there will be enhanced regional ties. He also stated that the BBIN (Bhutan- Bangladesh-Nepal-India) Regional Connectivity module envisages not only road and air connectivity, but energy connectivity as well and to that effect Sikkim’s Hydropower will be a medium of strong partnership between Sikkim and  Bangladesh.

Hon’ble Governor highlighted Sikkim’s unique characteristics in terms of its rich culture, heritage, peace and   hospitable people which serves as the foundation of State’s flourishing tourism industry. He also expressed his optimism on potential partnership and enhanced trade with Bangladesh especially in the sector of organic products, processed agricultural products and textiles besides tourism.

 

Deputy Secretary (PR) to Governor                                                                                    SKM/GOV/DS(PR)/2019/80                          

16th September, 2019