India, Bangladesh working on free trade agreement: Minister Prabhu
India and Bangladesh are already working on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), or free trade agreement ...
India and Bangladesh are already working on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), or free trade agreement (FTA), which would set an example for giving a boost to regional trade in South Asia, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu has said.
Launching a World Bank Group report on trade in South Asia, Prabhu said that during his just concluded visit to Bangladesh and talks with his counterpart there, it had been decided to set up seven border 'haats', or markets, some of which will start functioning immediately.
"During my visit to Bangladesh, I proposed that we should try to sign the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and we are working with our Bangladeshi counterparts to take it forward," Mr Prabhu said. "India and Bangladesh have agreed to upgrade trade logistics for seamless movement of cargo and we have already identified seven dual hubs, some of which will start working immediately," he said, adding that given the cultural and linguistic affinities between both countries there is immense potential for trade and cooperation.