Thursday, 20 October 2011

Burma-Bangladesh joint working group meeting held in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Burma: A Burma-Bangladesh joint working group of border trade meeting was held in Maungdaw on October 18. It was started at about 10:00 am and came to an end at around 12:00noon, said a trader on condition of anonymity.

“ADC General Nurul Alam Nizami of Cox’s Bazar, led 16-member delegation from Bangladesh side including Teknaf Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Naim Uddin, Bangladesh Land Port officer (traffic) Mohamed Mahafuzul Islam Bonya, Teknaf Border Trade officer Anwar Masum, Teknaf 42-BGB Battalion Operational Commander Major SM Arifi-ul- Islam, Sonali Bank officer (Teknaf Branch) Mohamed Abdul Karim, Abdul Kader Sidique of  Immigration officer of Teknaf Land Port, Abdul Mohaisan, General Manager, United land port  Teknaf Ltd. and other Businessmen.”   

“From Burma side, U Win Lwin, Deputy Director of Burma border trade department, Sittwe (Akyab) led 14-member delegation participated in the meeting.”

On September 22 to 23, meeting was held in Maungdaw, regarding the border trade with the participation of Bangladesh joint trade commission (JTC) members and Border Trade members of Burma, where all the members had decided to hold monthly meeting regarding the border trade, according to sources. 

It is the 4th border trade meeting and the first meeting was held in May 12 in Teknaf.

“We appraised in the last meeting  that with international passport, we want to go to Rangoon from Maungdaw – Sittwe - Rangoon - Sittwe - Cox’s Bazar – Chittagong,” according to ADC general Nurul Alam Nizami

“We also discussed about the export and import between two countries. Bangladesh wants to import gems and other precious stones from Burma and wants to export plastic goods. Besides, we discussed to hold trade fair at border areas and to set up a whole sale market in border areas especially for sea foods.”

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