Trade and communication between Bangladesh and Mizoram, a northeastern state of India, will be enhanced with the establishment of a haat (market) along the border, said Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi on Monday.
Upon discussion and inspection, both countries have agreed to set up a trading haat (market) along the border of Mizoram's Silsury and Bangladesh's Sajek, he told reporters at a joint press conference.
The decision to build trading markets has been finalised after Tipu Munshi held discussions with Mizoram's Commerce and Industries Minister R Lalthangliana, said a commerce ministry press release.
Tipu Munshi along with eight Bangladeshi officials went on a three-day official visit to Mizoram on 22 April.
During his visit, Munshi and the Mizoram minister made a joint inspection of a few possible sites for setting up haats along the Indo-Bangladesh border.
Bangladesh shares a 318-km border with Mizoram.
Bangladesh and Mizoram have huge potential for bilateral trade. Mizoram is a desirable export destination for Bangladesh's apparel, construction materials, plastic and food products, Tipu said, adding that stones, turmeric, ginger and bamboo can be imported from Mizoram.
Bangladesh is now a role model in development and the country is keen to increase trade with other countries, he added.