Keen on increasing connectivity in the Bay of Bengal region, Indian and Bangladeshi foreign ministers discussed Japan as a third country for partnership on connectivity in the region. India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar was on a one-day Dhaka visit on Thursday during which he held talks with Bangladeshi foreign minister AK Abdul Momen with one of the key focus areas being on connectivity.
During the joint statements, Jaishankar said, “If we can get connectivity right between India and Bangladesh, I can tell u the entire logistics, the whole geo-economics of the region will change, the Bay of Bengal will look very different.”
He explained, “both of us believed that this is possible, a lot of our conversation was on this specific subject, we actually feel, we should even involve third countries we talked about Japan as a possibility because both of us have very good relations with Japan and Japan is involved in connectivity projects in the Bay of Bengal. I would pick connectivity as a big goal.”
Japan has been involved in a number of connectivity projects in India’s northeast. Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) stands at over Rs 1600 cr in India’s northeast with projects, many of them connectivity in 7 states of the region. The projects include Guwahati sewerage projects, Sikkim major district roads projects.
In Bangladesh, Japan is involved in projects like Dhaka mass rapid transit development project, Kanchpur, Meghna, Gumti 2nd bridge Construction, Chittagong city outer ring road project, Jamuna railway bridge construction project.
News Source: DNA India