Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is on a formal visit to India, was vocal about the fact that she will look to discuss the economic opportunities between the two countries after she landed here on Thursday. Her comments can be seen as an attempt to raise the economic agenda that has fallen down the pecking order because of the fallout of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and Home Minister Amit Shah’s label of Bangladesh citizens as “infiltrators”.
“There are no problems in bilateral ties. I have come here to discuss economic issues,” said Ms. Hasina. Ms. Hasina attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) in New Delhi soon after landing in India and described her country’s current scenario along with presenting Bangladesh as a fast-growing economy and an attractive destination for investors in South Asia.
“It is time for global investors, particularly Indian entrepreneurs, to invest in Bangladesh in areas like education, light engineering, electronics, automotive industry, artificial intelligence — beyond the conventional menu,” said the Bangladeshi leader in her speech at the WEF.
Official talks between the Bangladeshi Prime Minister and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are set to be held on Saturday and during the course of this meeting several agreements are expected to be signed. If we believe in sources, both sides are in talks for agreements for a Special Economic Zone and a skill development center. Ganga barrage which has been stuck because of mutual differences is also expected to be a matter of discussion. The issue of NRC can also be discussed during their meeting.