Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to embark on a new phase of bilateral ties
for resolving outstanding refugee issue and enhancing cooperation in the fields
of energy, trade and investment, and regional connectivity, reports
“Bangladesh and Myanmar are going to enter a new phase in bilateral
relations for the mutual benefit of their
peoples and collective prosperity of the region,” said a joint statement made
available in Dhaka Wednesday.
Following is the text of the Joint
1. Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina paid an official
visit to Myanmar from 5-7 December 2011 at the invitation of U Thein Sein, the
President of Myanmar. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh was accompanied by
Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Ambassador-at-Large M Ziauddin, Principal
Secretary Shaikh Md Wahid-Uz Zaman, Member of Parliament Nazmul Hassan Papon,
Member of Parliament Bir Bahadur U Shwe Sing,
Foreign Secretary Mohammed Mijarul Quayes and other senior Officials and
2. During the visit, the Prime Minister of
Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina held official talks with U Thein Sein, the President of
Myanmar. She laid the foundation stone of the
Building in Nay Pyi Taw and visited Gems Museum and Uppatathandi Pagoda. Union
Minister for Foreign Affairs Wunna Maung Lwin called on the Prime Minister of
Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina.
3. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh
Hasina was accorded a ceremonial reception with Guard of Honour at the
Presidential Office. President of Myanmar U Thein Sein hosted a banquet in
honour of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and her delegation.
bilateral talks between Bangladesh and Myanmar were held on 6 December 2011 in a
cordial, warm and friendly environment reflecting the excellent bilateral
relations and friendship that exist between the two countries. The two Heads of
Government led their respective sides.
5. On the Bangladesh side the
Prime Minister was assisted by Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni,
Ambassador-at-Large M Ziauddin, Principal Secretary Shaikh Md Wahid-Uz Zaman,
Member of Parliament Nazmul Hassan Papon, Member of Parliament Bir Bahadur U
Shwe, Sing, Foreign Secretary Mohammad Mijarul Quayes, Ambassador of Bangladesh
to Myanmar Major General Anup Kumar Chakma, and other Senior Officials. On the
Myanmar side the President was assisted by Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U
Wunna Maung Lwin, and other Union Ministers and Senior Government
6. At the outset, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh
congratulated U Thein Sein on his assumption of office as the President of the
Republic of the Union of Myanmar and being elected as the President of ASEAN for
2014. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh also expressed happiness at the steps
taken for political reconciliation by the President of Myanmar. Both Heads of
Government reaffirmed their satisfaction at the excellent bilateral relations
that have developed over the years based on geographic proximity, rich historic
and cultural traditions, people-to-people interactions as well as common
aspiration for development. They expressed happiness that Bangladesh-Myanmar
friendship is growing stronger and emphasized on the need to further accelerate
the relations in the best interest of the two peoples.
7. The President
of Myanmar praised the initiatives taken by the Bangladesh Prime Minister in
strengthening democracy and promoting peace, security and stability in the
region. Both Heads of Government noted that Bangladesh and Myanmar are going to
enter into a new phase in bilateral relations with a pragmatic and practical
approach based on sovereignty, equality, friendship, trust and understanding for
the mutual benefit of their peoples and collective prosperity of the region.
8. The two Heads of Government welcomed the holding of Foreign Office
Consultations, Joint Trade Commission’s Meetings, Nodal Agency’s Meetings in
controlling narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances and other meetings that
took place in recent years on various issues between the two countries for
further deepening of cooperation and widening of the relationship into newer
areas, and towards that end, agreed on a number of measures.
Prime Minister of Bangladesh raised the issue of Myanmar refugees living in
Nayapara and Kutupalong camp and the huge number of undocumented Myanmar
nationals living in Bangladesh and stated that early resolution of the issue
will help strengthen the bilateral relations to a great extent. The President of
the Republic of the Union of Myanmar expressed his desire to cooperate with
Bangladesh in resolving the issue.
10. The Prime Minister expressed
Bangladesh’s willingness to import energy from Myanmar and requested the
President to import readymade garments, pharmaceutical products, knitwear, jute
and jute goods, ceramics etc. from Bangladesh at competitive price and mentioned
that Bangladesh was keen to organise a “Single Country Trade Fair” in Yangon early next year.
11. The two
Heads of Government stressed upon the establishment of direct banking
arrangement under ACU (Asian Clearing Union) so that LCs can be opened directly
between the two countries and wished to launch direct air flight between Dhaka/Chittagong and Yangon, have
plying of non-conventional vessels between the designated commercial routes of
the two countries and emphasised on the increase of border trade.
Both Heads of Government suggested that businessmen and entrepreneurs of
Bangladesh and Myanmar explore investment possibilities in Bangladesh and
Myanmar and take advantage of the enormous opportunities for extending bilateral
cooperation in the area of tourism development in providing opportunities for
13. Myanmar and Bangladesh signed the
following Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding.
a. Agreement on the
Establishment of a Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation between the
Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Government of the
People’s Republic of Bangladesh,
b. Memorandum of Understanding on
Establishment of Joint Business Council (JBC) between the Republic of the Union
of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and the
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI).
The Prime Minister of Bangladesh thanked the President of Myanmar and the
Government and the People of Myanmar for the warm and gracious hospitality
extended to her and the members of her delegation during their stay in Myanmar.
15. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh extended a warm invitation to the
President of Myanmar and wife Daw Khin Khin Win to visit Bangladesh at a
mutually convenient time. The President of Myanmar thanked the Prime Minister of
Bangladesh and accepted her invitation with immense pleasure, dates for which
would be fixed by mutual consultation through diplomatic channel.