Meghalaya CM meets Hasina, discusses business avenues Shillong, Nov 7 (PTI) Meghalaya Chief Minister

Meghalaya CM meets Hasina, discusses business avenues Shillong, Nov 7 (PTI) Meghalaya Chief Minister ConradSangma, who is on a four-day visit to Bangladesh, on Thursdaycalled on Premier Shiekh Hasina and discussed tradeoppurtunities between the state and that country, a governmentofficial said here.

Sangma is in Bangladesh to pursue expansion of tradeand tourism to improve the economy of Meghalaya as it shares a443 km-long border with that country but has a meagre .7 percent share of the USD 10 billion trade that India has with it.

Sangma and Hasina during the hour-long meetingdiscussed at length business avenues between the state and theneighbouring country and on developing the trade ties with theNorth East region, the official said.

He invited Bangladesh to participate in the NorthEast Food Show scheduled to be held here between December 4to 6.

The chief minister said that different countries andmore than 300 companies will particiapte in the food show. 'Wewill have the biggest names in the industry, policymakers,farmers, traders and suppliers. There will be up to 3000farmers who will participate and it will be a greatopportunity. I invite participants from Bangladesh to alsotake part in the food show'.

He said, 'We felt there is some gap in the system, inour communication and our initiative and that we need to workon them ... We want to give the entire industry, the sectors,the movement and trade that are already taking place a betterand formal structure and facilitate wherever necessary'.

Earlier in the day the delegation led by Sangma metPran Agro Ltd chairman Ahsan Khan Chowdhury and sought theBangladesh company's investment in Meghalaya.

'I was really glad to learn about their food productsand I was really impressed to see the kind of enterprise andthe vision he (Khan Chowdhury) has.

'We want to see what products from Meghalaya can beused in his processing plant or if he can set up industries inour state to process the products that we have. That will be agreat opportunity,' he said.

Sangma said he will pursue with Bangladesh governmentto erect a memorial structure for Meghalaya freedom fighterU Tirot Sing at the Dhaka jail, where he had died in custodyin 1835, the official said.

Tirot Sing was the independent king of Nongkhlawchiefdom in Khasi Hills and was captured by the then BritishArmy in 1833 and died in custody in Dhaka jail. The state wasannexed by the British in 1835. PTI JOP KKKK KK