July 14, Dhaka: Sri Lanka and Bangladesh pledged to carry forward the long-standing bilateral relations between the two countries on a solid foundation when visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka today.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina warmly received the President when he arrived at the Prime Minister's Office. After one-on-one meeting between the leaders, bilateral discussions were held between the two sides.
The President and the Prime Minister Hasina drew their special attention on entering into a trade agreement between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well as setting up special economic zones.
Lengthy discussions were held on introducing a new program to exchange experiences in agricultural and fisheries sectors of both the countries as well as on taking joint actions to combat terrorism and to cooperate in the field of information technology.
Furthermore, the attention was drawn to get the technical knowhow of Bangladesh to increase rice production in Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh Prime Minister expressed her pleasure over the visit of Sri Lankan President to Bangladesh and commended the freedom and democracy ensured in the Sri Lankan society under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena.
The Bangladesh leader further emphasized that the bilateral ties between the two countries must carry forward in a firm manner and Bangladesh is willing to work helpfully with Sri Lanka in the field of economy as well as to foster regional cooperation.
Prime Minister Hasina also pointed out the importance of working jointly to find solutions for the common issues faced by the two countries, like drug trafficking and illegal immigrants.
The President speaking about the investment opportunities in Sri Lanka, said the government is ready to provide every required facility for the Bangladeshi investors.
He invited the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for a state visit to Sri Lanka. The Bangladeshi Premier, who accepted the invitation, said her visit will help continue the relationships between the two countries.
Following the discussions the two sides in the presence of the two leaders signed one agreement and 13 memorandums of understanding (MoU) to boost cooperation in the areas of economy, agriculture, shipping, higher education, information and technology and media.
Following are the agreements signed:
- MoU on Economic Cooperation between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
- MoU on Cooperation in Agriculture
- MoU on Cooperation in the field of Information and Communication Technology
- MoU on Radio and Television Development
- MoU between University Grant Commissions of the two countries on Cooperation and Collaboration in the field of higher education
- MoU on Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) and Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI)
- MoU between Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh Bank of Cooperation in Financial Sector/services
- MoU on the cooperation in the field of shipping between Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CSC) and Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC)
- MoU between Bangladesh Foreign Service Academy (FSA) and Bandaranaike Diplomatic Training Institute (BIDTI), Sri Lanka
- MoU on Visa Waiver for Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
- MoU between Sri Lanka Institute of Textile Authority and Bangladesh Fashion Design Institute
- MoU between Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) and Board of Investment of Sri Lanka for cooperation on investment matters
- MoU between Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) and Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI)
- MoU on Information and Broadcasting between Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) and Sri Lankan National News Agency Lankapuvath Ltd.