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BD, Bhutan sign three new MoUs

Published : Tuesday, 26 March, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 209

Bangladesh and Bhutan signed three new memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to enhance mutual cooperation between the two neighbouring countries.  

Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina witnessed the MoU signing agreement held at the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) on Monday.  

The MoUs are (i) Establishment of a Special Economic Zone in Kurigram, (ii) Setting up a Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit in Thimphu, and (iii) technical cooperation on consumer rights.  Another MoU on cultural exchange was renewed.

Health Minister Smanta Lal Sen, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) Shaikh Yusuf Harun, Directorate of National Consumers Right Protection Director General (Additional Secretary) AHM Shafiquzzaman and Cultural Affairs Secretary Khalil Ahmed signed the MoUs from Bangladesh side.  

Bhutanese Health Minister Tandin Wangchuk, Bhutanese Commerce Secretary Tashi Wangmk and Bhutanese Foreign Secretary Pema Choden signed the MoUs on behalf of their country.  

Meanwhile, Bangladesh offered to increase the number of annual medical seats for Bhutanese students from 22 to 30 while the foreign service academy of Bangladesh offered two seats for the Bhutanese foreign service officers every year for capacity building. Bangladesh will also extend necessary assistance in setting up a Diplomatic Training Institute in Bhutan.

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