Article by Mr. Farooq Sobhan, President, BEI on PM’s Visit to India on January 10-13,2010 published in the February issue of Forum, The Daily Star

Date: 10-13 January 2010

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India from January 10-13 this year has opened up a whole new vista, not only simply in terms of Bangladesh’s bilateral relations with India, but in terms of Bangladesh becoming a middle income country by 2021. If Bangladesh is to move from an annual growth rate of 6 percent to 8 or 9 percent, it must make rapid progress in the integration of its economy with its immediate neighbours, India, Nepal and Bhutan. It must accelerate the pace of sub-regional cooperation and then move forward to further expand and then ultimately integrate its economy with both South and South East Asia.