Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Commerce Minister Lt Col (retd) Faruk Khan left here on Wednesday for Burma, officially known as Myanmar, on an invitation of his Myanmar counterpart U Win Mint.

Lawmakers Nurul Islam and Abdur Rahman, representatives from Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Bangladesh-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BMCCI) accompanied the minister, officials said.

Mr. Khan is scheduled to meet Myanmar Speaker Thura Ushwe Mann, Border Affair and Industrial Development Minister Major General Thein Htay, Minister for Mine Thein Htaik and Minister for Energy U Than Htay.

A scope for strengthening the Bangladesh-Myanmar relations has been created after the new government took office in Myanmar.

Myanmar has taken a measure to strengthen trade relations with its neighbouring countries after the political changeover, they added.

During the meetings, various issues related to the proposed river protocol agreement between the two countries and Chittagong-Yangon-Thailand-Chittagong air routes would be discussed.

The trade officials also said the problem of exchange of currency in Bangladesh-Myanmar trade would be resolved.

Besides, issues of bilateral cooperation agreement between Bangladesh’s state-run Sonali Bank and a Myanmar bank, import of gas and power from Myanmar and essentials at cheap rates would be discussed, they added.

BBN/SSR/AD-24Nov11-1:13 pm (BST)