India and Bangladesh to set up monitoring committee

  • India and Bangladesh have agreed to set up a ‘High Level Monitoring Committee’ headed by the Secretary, Economic Relations Division of Bangladesh and High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh

○to regularly review the progress of implementation of projects being run with Line of Credit (Loc) provided by India.

  • The decision was taken during the 6th meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) .
  • India assured Bangladesh that it will expedite the investment proposal from Bangladesh in case they face delays in approval.
  • Expressing satisfaction over the pace of defence cooperation including in training, exchanges and capacity building measures, the statement welcomed the proposal to hold the next meeting of the Annual Defence Dialogue in November.
  • Bangladesh also urged an early implementation of the Defence Line of Credit.
  • On the issue of loss of civilian lives on the border, both sides agreed to further strengthen the Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) in order to bring such incidents to zero.
  • reiterated the importance of safe, speedy and sustainable return to Myanmar of the forcibly displaced persons from the Rakhine state of Myanmar.
  • Bangladesh emphasised that delay in resolving the issue of Rohingyas could lead to emergence of pockets of radicalism disrupting peace and stability in the region.
  • Bangladesh and India share a 4096-km-long border and a large section of it is porous.
  • also reiterated their commitment to finalisation of the interim agreement for the sharing of waters of the Teesta river.
  • They also underscored the need for early conclusion of framework of interim agreement on sharing of waters of six other joint rivers, namely, Manu, Muhuri, Khowai, Gumti, Dharla and Dudhkumar.