Dhaka, 7th January 02: A feeder shipping service between Bangladesh and neighbouring Burma is in the offing to boost bilateral trade, official sources said Monday, according to today’s the independent quoted AFP, Chittagong.
The sources in
"A high-level meeting to this effect was held recently on this issue and if the service starts on this route, the trade gap between the two countries will come down to a great extent," one port official said.
The official said the step was a follow up
to the landmark visit by Burma Senior General Than
Shwe in December when the countries pledged to boost bilateral ties to overcome
economic challenges facing them both. "The
Shipping sources said due to a lack of
vessels, the state-owned Bangladesh Shipping Corporation was unable to provide
the service immediately, so the government opted for the private HRC Shipping
Lines, which is already operating feeder vessels between
Than Shwe was the first leader of
Ties have improved since then, with the
repatriation of most of the refugees under a United Nations agreement, but more
than 20,000 still live in camps in