New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) India on Tuesday asked Bangladesh to utilise the services of Indian companies in executing telecom projects in the neighbouring country, an official statement said here.
“New Delhi has already offered line of credit worth $2 billion to Dhaka and Indian companies including Tejas have successfully completed pilot projects in connecting 100 union parishads (gram panchayats) in Bangladesh and has pitched for executing 1,000 such projects.
“This was conveyed to the visiting Bangladeshi delegation led by State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim, who called on the Union Minister of Communications Manoj Sinha in New Delhi this morning,” the statement said.
“Both the sides stressed the need for effective cooperation considering the borderless nature of cyber threats and issues and similar challenges faced by the two countries. India suggested that a Nodal officer may be nominated from Bangladesh for effective and timely cooperation on cyber security matters,” it added.
Indian companies have also offered to share technology and to impart skill training.
Sinha said through technology transfer, Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) could help strengthening Bangladesh telecom network and rural population encouraging local manufacturing.
He also suggested to Halim that there is a need for an increased number of postal surface mail exchange points between the two countries as, at present, surface mails are exchanged only at one point (Petrapole-Benapole), while other exchange points like Akhaura-Agartala, Tamabil-Karimgong, Burimari-Changrabandha, and Hilli-Hilli may be considered. This was already discussed in a bilateral meeting in February this year.