Politics & Governance

CM Yogi Adityanath first time invites Bangladesh to invest in Uttar Pradesh, says both are natural partner

In a significant development, Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of India’s biggest hindi heartland state of Uttar Pradesh has invited neighbouring country of Bangladesh to invest in big way. According to an official release from Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Wednesday, CM Yogi made this proposal during his met with the High Commissioner of Bangladesh Md Imran at his official residence in the state capital, Lucknow.

This is the first time Bangladesh Envoy met Uttar Pradesh Chief minister after his big win for the second term in recently held state assembly poll. Mr Adityanath had made several caustic remarks about the Bangladesh and Bangladeshis during the assembly poll in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. Now he is started showing a diplomatic gestures to the neighboring Bangladesh for the economic development of his state and wants Bangladesh to be a ‘natural partner’ of Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Adityanath said there are many opportunities for Bangladesh exporters and investors in the state. There are many opportunities for the investors of Bangladesh in the field of fabric production, weaving, spinning as well as defence manufacturing in the state.

Mr Adityanath said India and Bangladesh have strong relations of history, language, and culture and there are wide possibilities of investment and employment in Uttar Pradesh. He also said, “Bangladesh can become a natural partner of the state”. Chief Minister and the High Commissioner discussed ways and means to further strengthen the relations between the two countries and especially promote trade with Uttar Pradesh .

Cheif Minister Mr Adityanath described the possibility of future engagement and admitted that Bangladesh is India’s largest trading partner in South Asia and India is Bangladesh’s second largest trading partner. He also said, “Uttar Pradesh with a population of 24 crores is the largest consumer and labour market”. Chief Minister further added, “Uttar Pradesh is endowed with abundant natural resources and is the largest producer of foodgrains and milk in the country. As a result of which wheat, sugar, dairy related machinary and cotton yarn are exported from Uttar Pradesh to Bangladesh.”

Chief Minister also stated that the state has emerged as the leading economy in the last five years and cited various works undertaken during this period. As per the release, expressing hope towards investors and enterpreneurs of Bangladesh, Chief Minister said  the government and the people of Uttar Pradesh are committed and hopeful for mutual cooperation, and to develop a great business environment and major economic partnership in South Asia.

The High Commissioner has also apprised the Chief Minister about historic economic growth of Bangladesh and also informed him that many Indians find suitable employment in Dhaka and nearby cities. The High Commissioner has also requested him to visit Dhaka and to see the all round development of Bangladesh from his own eyes.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army Chief General Manoj Pandey on Wednesday spoke to his Bangladesh counterpart General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed with a focus on enhancing bilateral defence cooperation. Indian Army tweeted that the Two Army Chiefs exchanged views on evolving geopolitical situation as well as its possible impact on regional security.

The defence and security ties between India and Bangladesh are on an upswing in the last few years. The year 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Bangladesh.

Earlier, during the last week, Gen Pande held a telephonic conversation with his Nepalese counterpart Gen Prabhu Ram.

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