Connectivity between India, Bangladesh is game changer, says India’s High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das

Connectivity between India
and Bangladesh is a game
changer and it is a win win
situation for both the
countries. Speaking at the
Global Dhaka Dialogue on the
second day of the event on
Tuesday India’s High
Commissioner to Bangladesh
Riva Ganguly Das said that 80
percent of the 8 billion dollar
Line of Credit given by India
to Bangladesh is earmarked
for connectivity linkedin
projects. She said that
projects in road, railways,
inland waterways and ports
between the two countries
create a win win situation for
both the countries. She also
talked about the digital
connectivity as an exciting
area for connectivity in the
future.

On the issue of the Indo
Pacific region Riva Ganguly
Das said that India believes in
an inclusive Indo-Pacific
which is safe, secure and
stable She said India
believes in freedom of
navigation and respect for
sovereignty of al in the
region. Former Information &
Broadcasting Minister
Manish Tewari said that the
21st century is the Asian
Century and South Asia is its
economic driver.

State Minister for Foreign
Affairs of Bangladesh Md.
Shahriar Alam said
Bangladesh believes the
Indo-Pacific strategy and Belt
and Road Initiative (BRI) are
not conflicting but
complementary to each. Prof.
Min Wang Lin of Fudan
University said that for China
the focus is on Asia
especially East Asian
countries. Challenging the
concept of the Indo-Pacific
he said it is an artificial
concept with no firm basis in
geography. The Dhaka Global
Dialogue will conclude on
Wednesday.