Sunday, August 18, 2019 | ePaper
Trade between BD and India must be balanced
We know, the trade relationship can put a significant effect on bilateral relationship. The geographical proximity of India to Bangladesh has made it one of its largest trading partners. Bangladesh's trade with India has become speedy in recent years. Even so, there are pressing concerns in Bangladesh regarding the large bilateral trade deficit (with India) and the large volumes of informal imports from India across the borders which usually dodge Bangladeshi import duties. Furthermore, to accelerate the trade relation dozens of Border Haats have been set up where commodities are allowed to be exchanged in local currency and/or barter basis.
There is no doubt that, the trade between Bnagladesh and India has significant contribution to the economy of both countries. When Bangladesh has got efficiency in producing some products at that time India has also achieved efficiency in some other sectors. So, the common theory of economics is that; Bangladesh will export those products which have her absolute advantage. And so does India.
What's important is that, apart from trade benefits India is also getting transit facilities - rail, road, and riverine- from Bangladesh at a minimum cost. We hope, the trade gap between the two countries will be reduced in the future and India will allow Bangladeshi goods in increased volume apparently with relaxing duties. A balanced trade will bring good for the economic health of the both countries.