Bangladesh is going to start exporting drugs to Sril Lanka. A MoU is likely to be signed between the two countries next month during the upcoming visit of the Sri Lankan health minister. Foreign Minister Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali disclosed this during a meeting with the outgoing Sri Lankan High Commissioner WA Sarath K Weragoda at his office.
The foreign minister said the text of the MoU for exporting pharmaceutical products and surgical equipment had been finalized. Sri Lanka has long been talking about importing drugs from Bangladesh. The minister told the ambassador that they would gain “enormously” from Bangladesh’s “quality” and “cheap” drugs.
They also discussed bilateral issues and stressed the need for increased trade. Currently, the trade volume is $90 million which does not reflect the “excellent” bilateral relations and the trade potential, the minister said.
The health minister sought Sri Lanka’s support for Bangladesh’s candidatures for the Human Rights Council for 2015-2017, and International Tele communication Union for 2015-2018.
He said Dhaka kept Sri Lanka “on priority list” to allocate a property for their High Commission and requested Sri Lanka to allocate a similar land in Battaramulla area where the capital was going to be shifted soon.