India and Bangladesh on 8 April 2017 signed 22 agreements to boost the bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The signed agreements include Defence Cooperation Framework and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
The agreements were inked after delegation level talks were held between the two nations in the Hyderabad House, New Delhi. The delegation level talks were held during Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four-day visit to India. She was in India from 7 April to 10 April 2017. She was in India from 7 April to 10 April 2017.
List of 22 agreements/MoUs exchanged during the State Visit of Prime Minister of Bangladesh to India
• MoU for Enhancing Cooperation in the Field of Strategic and operational studies: It was signed between Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiris), Tamil Nadu, India and Defence Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangaldesh
• MoU for enhancing cooperation in the field of national security, development and strategic studies: It was signed between National Defence College, Dhaka, Bangladesh and National Defence College, New Delhi, India.
• Arrangement for the Exchange of Technical Information and Co-operation in the Regulation of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection: It was inked between the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) of the Union Government and the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) of the Government of Bangladesh.
• Inter-Agency agreement on cooperation regarding Nuclear Power Plant Projects in Bangladesh: It was signed between Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP), Department of Atomic Energy, Union Government and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Bangladesh.
• MoU on Co-operation in the field of Information Technology and Electronics: It was signed between the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) of the Union Government and Information and Communication Technology Division of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
• MoU on cooperation in the area of Cyber Security: It was signed between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Union Government and Bangladesh Government Computer Incident Response Team (BGD e-Gov CIRT), Bangladesh Computer Council of Information and Communication Technology division, Ministry of Post, Telecommunication and IT.
• MoU on establishing Border Haats across the border between India and Bangladesh was signed.
• MoU concerning cooperation on aids to navigation: It was signed between the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL), Ministry of Shipping, the Union Government and the Department of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping, the Government of Bangladesh.
• MoU on Mutual Scientific Cooperation in the field of Earth Sciences for Research and Development: It was signed between Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB).
• MoU on Development of Fairway from Sirajganj to Daikhowa and Ashuganj to Zakiganj on Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route: It was inked between the Ministry of Shipping of India and the Ministry of Shipping of Bangladesh.
• MoU on Training and Capacity Building Programme for Bangladeshi judicial officers in India: It was signed between the National Judicial Academy, India and the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.
• MoU on bilateral judicial sector cooperation was signed.
• MoU on Cooperation in the Field of Mass Media was signed.
• Audio-visual co-production agreement was signed.
• MoU for extending Defence LOC of USD 500 million was signed.
• Agreement for the regulation of motor vehicle passenger traffic (Khulna-Kolkata route) and SOP of the agreement was signed.
• MoU for Extending a 3rd Line of Credit (LoC) by Union Government to Government of Bangladesh was signed.
• Financing agreement for the Construction of 36Community Clinics in Bangladesh was signed.
• MoU & SOPs on Passenger and Cruise Services on the Coastal and Protocol Route were signed.
• MoU on Defence Cooperation Framework was signed.
• MoU on Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was signed.
• Agreement on Cooperation in Peaceful uses of Nuclear Energy was signed.
Besides, the much-delayed agreement on sharing of the Teesta water remained elusive between the two sides. Hopes were there that this issue of water sharing will see its end during this visit of PM Hasina. PM Modi who admitted that the pact was important for India-Bangladesh ties assured her counterpart that India is committed to the issue.
When: 8 April 2017