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Cabinet okays drafts of five instruments
Staff Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-11-18,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 14
The Cabinet on Monday at its regular meeting approved the drafts of five instruments including proposals for signing a SAARC agreement on the motor vehicle regulation and amendment to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Malaysia on manpower export.
The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Ministers, PM's advisors except HT Imam, state ministers in charge of various ministries and concerned secretaries attended the Cabinet meeting.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, the Cabinet Secretary, M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, said the Cabinet adopted a resolution congratulating Bangladesh Cricket team for their recent victory over Zimbabwe in a three-match Test series at home.
The Cabinet also adopted obituary reference for two eminent citizens- Swadhinata Padak recipient Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui and Ekushey Padak winner Mainul Hossain. Both of them passed away recently.
Musharraf Hossain said the Cabinet turned down the proposal of the Water Resources Ministry for turning 'Bangladesh Haor and Water Bodies Development Board' into a statutory body.
It approved the draft of an agreement for waiving visa requirement for visit of the diplomats, their immediate family members and government officials of Bangladesh and Malaysia to each other's country. Immediate family members will cover the spouses of the diplomats and their unmarried children below 21 years.
The Cabinet also approved a draft for amending the existing memorandum of understanding (MOU) under which Bangladesh exports manpower to Malaysia on a government to government (G2G) basis. Under the existing MoU Bangladesh can export manpower only to Malaysian Peninsula (mainland). But, the amendment proposed including Sarawak State of Malaysia for manpower export.
It nodded a proposal for renewal of the 'Agreement on Trade between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh for boosting bilateral trade between the two SAARC countries. The draft proposed inclusion of the goods and services under the agreement and constitution of a joint working group on trade between the two countries, the cabinet secretary said.
He said that the Cabinet approved the draft of the 'Motor Vehicles Agreement for the Regulation and Cargo Vehicular Traffic amongst SAARC Member States' which will be placed in the ministerial meeting ahead of the coming SAARC Summit.
Cargo vehicles and passenger transports would come under regulation as per the agreement which would enhance connectivity among SAARC countries, Musharraf Hossain said, adding that the draft proposed multiple- visa regime for the operators of the vehicles.

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