B`desh seeks Chinese assistance for deep sea port
Last Updated: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 18:29
  
Dhaka: After developing a strategic Gwadar Port in the Arabian Sea for Pakistan, China has offered assistance to develop a deep sea port in the Bay of Bengal for Bangladesh.

The Chinese help is a part of an understanding reached out between the two countries during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to the Communist nation last year.

"We're serious about our proposal (on deep sea port) and the Chinese government has reassured its cooperation," Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes told mediapersons yesterday.

He said the government was preparing the proposal framework for the construction of Sonadia deep sea port in Cox Bazar district of Chittagong division. Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping last week assured Dhaka of its assistance during a meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni in Beijing.

Quayes said Dhaka was working on the proposal with a structural design for the deep sea project in the Bay of Bengal but "it has not been finalised yet".

The Foreign Secretary said China offered RMB 150 million to Bangladesh for the country’s socio-economic development and assured Dhaka of China's cooperation in constructing the deep sea port.

He said Dhaka has decided to set up consular office in Kunming as Kunming-Chittagong link through Myanmar was on card to set up trans-regional connectivity.

"We have close relations with China," the top diplomat said.

However, Quayes said no country has made any commitment for any grant as Bangladesh is yet to provide a proposal on the project.

Gwadar Port is being constructed in two phases with heavy investment from China. The Port is a developing warm-water, deep-sea port situated at Gwadar in Baluchistan province of Pakistan at the apex of the Arabian Sea and at the entrance of the Persian Gulf.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 18:29


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