Nepal given consent to operate in BD through Saidpur Airport

- A Monitor Desk Report 19 Feb, 2020 | 1248 Views|-+
Dhaka: Bangladesh has accepted Nepal’s proposal of operating in the country through Saidpur Airport. The move follows joint initiatives of the two neighbouring countries to strengthen trade and connectivity between them.

A technical expert committee will now look into what types of flights can be operated between Nepal and Bangladesh through Saidpur Airport.

AK Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh made the announcement at a news briefing following a meeting with his Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali at the state guest house Meghna in the city on February 18.

“We’re expanding the airport. Currently, 12-14 flights go to Saidpur Airport (from Dhaka). So, people (who will be coming from Nepal) can come to Dhaka easily," said Momen.

Currently, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Novoair and US-Bangla Airlines are operating passenger flights to and from Saidpur Airport.

At the meeting, Momen and Gyawali discussed how the two countries can enhance tourism, investment and connectivity, even through the use of seaports. They are going to form a taskforce in this regard.

Pradeep Kumar, Foreign Minister of Nepal further mentioned that both countries are eyeing to work jointly in the power sector.

He noted that Bangladesh has recently permitted the India-based GMR group to invest in hydropower in Nepal. It will provide 500 MW of power from Nepal to Bangladesh through the Indian company.

Nepal has made every arrangement to facilitate smooth construction of the mega project, Gyawali added. This follows the MoU on power cooperation Bangladesh and Nepal signed last year.

The Nepalese Foreign Minister also said the two countries were exploring to sign a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA). The draft is under discussion, Gyawali claimed saying it is essential to protect the foreign investment.

The meeting also saw discussions on climate and Rohingya issues and ways to remove trade barriers especially non-tariff barriers between the two countries, said Foreign Minister Momen.

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