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Bangladesh inks 4 MoUs with India in field of capacity building, training programme for bureaucrats

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With an aim to further strengthen bilateral cooperation, and on Friday signed four MoUs in key areas including capacity building, anti-corruption issues, and medicinal plants.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the (CBI) of and the (ACC) of Bangladesh, which is aimed at sharing expertise and developing anti-corruption mechanism.

An MoU was inked between the for Good Governance (NCGG), Mussoorie, and (MOPA), Bangladesh, which envisages training and capacity building programme for 1,800 civil servants over the next six years.

An agreement was signed for cooperation in the field of medicinal plants between the (NMPB), and of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, An MoU was also inked between and Industrial Park Pune (Private) Limited,

According to an official statement, these MoUs were signed in the presence of and Bangladesh Dr during the 5th (JCC) between the two at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan in New

and Bangladesh signed a MoU for training 1,800 Bangladesh Civil Servants at the for Good Governance (NCGG), an institute under the over the next six years, an official statement said.

KV Eapen, Secretary, and Public Grievances (DAR&PG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India, and also the of NCGG, said the collaboration represented a historic milestone in training and capacity building programmes between the two

He said that Bangladesh civil servants would be trained in and service delivery, public policy and implementation, information technology, decentralisation, urban development and planning, ethics in administration and challenges in the implementation of sustainable development goals (SDGs).

This is the second time that NCGG has signed an MoU for a training programme for Bangladesh civil servants. Under the first MoU signed five years ago, about 1,500 Bangladesh civil servants have already been trained at the NCGG.

The participants of the training programme will be selected amongst Additional Deputy Commissioners, Additional District Magistrates, Upazila Nirbahi Officers, Local Government, Senior Secretaries, Senior Commissioners, Commissioners (Land) and Officers of equivalent rank in the ministries from (Administration) cadre.

The NCGG is planning to conduct 15 training programmes in 2019 each of duration of two weeks. The trainee officers will undergo training at the and in where they would visit the Indian government's establishments as well.

Swaraj congratulated the visiting dignitary on his assumption of the office of Foreign Minister, and appreciated the significance attached to the bilateral relationship, as indicated in his decision to make India the destination of his first visit abroad.

In her opening remarks, Swaraj underscored that trust and partnership are the bedrock of understanding between India and Bangladesh. She highlighted that both are two of the fastest growing economies in the and India stands in full support of Sheikh Hasina's development agenda.

The noted with satisfaction that Bangladesh-India bilateral relations are going through a 'Shonali Oddhay' (golden chapter). The Bangladeshi highlighted that under the leadership of and Modi, bilateral ties have reached unprecedented heights.

Following the talks, the two Foreign Ministers witnessed the signing of four MoUs between both sides. They also reaffirmed that the relationship between India and Bangladesh, forged in the 1971 Liberation War, goes far beyond a strategic partnership.

During the meeting, Swaraj and Momen discussed an entire gamut of bilateral issues of mutual interest. They reviewed the ongoing cooperation including the implementation of decisions taken during the visits of Prime Minister and Prime Minister Hasina, as well as those at the last meeting of JCC in October 2017 in

The two ministers expressed satisfaction that both countries are working closer than ever before in every sector, from security and to mutually beneficial trade and investment flows, power and energy, river water sharing, development partnership, transport connectivity, culture and people-to-people contacts.

They said that the relationship was now broadening to include new and for partnership, such as space, nuclear energy, IT and electronics, and tasked their accompanying officials to develop a forward-looking roadmap for bilateral cooperation to make the partnership irreversible.

"In particular, they desired that partnership-building efforts should be enhanced in a manner commensurate with the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Liberation War," said the official statement.

Swaraj expressed appreciation for the humanitarian gesture of Bangladesh in supporting a large number of displaced people from the Rakhine region of and assured her Bangladeshi counterpart of India's continued support for safe, speedy and sustainable return of the displaced people to

Momen conveyed the gratitude of the for the humanitarian assistance provided by India in four tranches since September 2017 to help meet the requirements of the displaced people from The two ministers also agreed on the need to expedite safe and sustainable repatriation of the displaced people from the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

The Bangladeshi sought India's cooperation for early repatriation of the Rohingyas. He emphasised that economic diplomacy is emerging as a foreign policy priority for Bangladesh. He noted that resource mobilisation for achieving the SDGs and the importance of South-South and triangular cooperation for developing countries, where India could play a crucial role.

Momen requested for water sharing of all common rivers including early resolution of Teesta water sharing. Swaraj assured that India would work for early conclusion of the Teesta water sharing agreement, the statement further said.

The Bangladeshi Foreign Minister, who is leading a 21-member delegation in his visit, also called on Prime Minister and conveyed the greetings of Prime Minister

During the talks, Prime Minister conveyed his good wishes to his Bangladeshi counterpart for her success in her third consecutive term in office, and reaffirmed New Delhi's abiding commitment to remain Dhaka's most committed partner for security and development.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 19:50 IST