Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that Bangladesh is attaching priority to maximise the use of its geographical location to make it a connectivity hub between South and SouthEast Asia. In her video message on the occasion of the inauguration of the Maitri Setu on Feni river connecting Sabroom in Tripura with Ramgarh in Bangladesh, Prime Minister Hasina expressed the hope that it will help Bangladesh trade more easily not only with India but also with Nepal and Bhutan.
Calling the opening of the Maitri Setu as historic, Prime Minister Hasina said that it will not only create connectivity between the two countries but also play a significant role in business, trade and economic development. She said that the region has remained conservative in opening up and inter-regional trade is far below the potential. She said that the Maitri Setu heralds a new era in South Asia through connectivity to India. She added that political boundaries should not become physical barriers to trade.
Prime Minister Hasina said that the cross border transport system that Bangladesh is developing with India will enable Bangladesh to play an important role in regional trade and commerce.
On Tuesday, the Maitri Setu was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendera Modi by video conferencing. According to an earlier statement by the Indian Prime Minster’s Office the bridge ‘Maitri Setu’ has been built over the Feni river, which flows between the Indian boundary in Tripura and Bangladesh.