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Tuesday , December 4 , 2012
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Bangla MPs propose better business ties

Guwahati, Dec. 3: A delegation of Bangladeshi MPs has proposed a Dispur-Dhaka business council for better business ties between the two regions.

The proposal was mooted by the visiting Bangladeshi delegation at an interactive meet with the Federation of Industry and Commerce of North Eastern Region (Finer) last evening.

Sources said a team of high-ranking officials from the industry and commerce department of Assam is currently in Dhaka to woo investments for the state.

The Finer delegation, led by its chairman R.S. Joshi, spoke on numerous opportunities for bilateral trade and commerce besides scope of investment.

“There is lot of scope for both the regions to do business and we will do everything to help in better nurturing of the relationship,” Joshi said.

The delegation informed Finer that the country is open to all kinds of investments.

It said barring some issues which can be solved, there is a great scope for doing business which can be beneficial to both sides.

Finer director Chinmoy Sharma suggested to have a joint cine makers’ forum that will benefit cinema industries of the two countries.

This was supported by the delegation and it requested Sharma to start a dialogue for implementation of the proposal. They showed eagerness to start a joint film production with investments from both sides.

At a meeting with the Assam government, the Bangladeshi delegation led by MP Rashid Khan Menon said they had come to Assam and the Northeast on an invitation from FICCI to meet, interact and exchange views with the government, civil society groups and entrepreneurs to discuss issues of mutual interests.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi while welcoming the delegation on its first visit to Assam and the region, said India and Bangladesh have a very cordial relation. “It is time to further consolidate our relations by increasing the volume of trade and commerce which will benefit the Northeast and Bangladesh,” he said.

Welcoming Bangladesh’s keen interests to invest in the Northeast, Gogoi said his government would extend all possible help and support.

Minister for industries and power, Pradyut Bordoloi, who was present, said the state offers attractive incentives for those who want to invest in the state and the region as a whole.

“The North East Industrial Investment Promotion Policy coupled with the state’s industrial policy offer a slew of attractive incentives for those willing to invest,” he said.