Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Ma Mingqiang on Wednesday said the economic corridor - BCIM EC - will lead the four member countries to a harmonious South Asia and a better tomorrow for all, reports UNB.
“Jointly we can realise our dreams, and I believe the BCIM EC (Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor) will lead us to a harmonious South Asia and a better tomorrow for us all,” he said.
He was addressing a discussion titled ‘BCIM Economic Corridor: Harmonious South Asia’ at Cirdap auditorium in the city.
The diplomat said four countries, individually might lack things in realising dreams of having a better life and harmonious community. “But together we might have almost everything that are needed, human and natural resources, goods and market, technology and capital.”
He hoped that with joint efforts of four countries, fresh progress will be achieved in the 3rd Joint Study Group Meeting, which is scheduled to be held in India in the second half of this year.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, former Industries Minister Dilip Barua, Indian Deputy High Commissioner Sandeep Chakravorty, BCIM Business Council Chairman and FBCCI President Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, Bangladesh-China Chamber President Golam Dastagir Gazi, Bangladesh-Myanmar Chamber President KB Ahmed spoke at the discussion while Prof Mejbah Kamal of Dhaka University presented the keynote paper.
Speaking as the chief guest, Tofail said the trade volume within the four countries will see a significant rise once the BCIM EC is implemented.
He said Bangladesh is progressing economically with continued rise in trade and the BCIM EC will expedite it further benefiting all in the region.
Rashed Khan Menon said there will be a massive development in the communication sector following the BCIM EC implementation and Bangladesh will gain from it.
Information Minister Inu also highlighted how Bnagladesh and the region will be benefited through the initiative. “If BCIM EC becomes effective, this region will become stronger economically and draw new investments.”