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Tri -Nation Pipeline Meeting Now on Feb 27-28

From BD News / The New AgeFebruary 15 2005 to this article.

BDNEWS, Dhaka :The first meeting of techno-commercial working committee on a tri-nation pipeline to take gas from Myanmar to India over Bangladesh will be held in Yangoon on February 27-28.

In a fax message the energy ministry of Myanmar Monday proposed Bangladesh to hold the meeting on February 24-25 but, in an instant reply, Bangladesh proposed to hold the meeting on February 27 and 28.

The meeting was originally scheduled to start in Yangoon on Monday. An energy minister level meeting of the three countries in Yangoon from January 12 to 13 formed the techno-commercial working committee.

The committee will finalise a draft of a memorandum of understanding, to be signed among India, Bangladesh and Myanmar, the sources at energy ministry and Petrobangla said.

The MOU is likely to be signed in April after the respective cabinets of the three countries give approval to the draft.

However, the state minister for energy and mineral resources, AKM Mosharraf Hossain Monday told the news agency that the committee would not prepare the MOU draft. ‘It will work only for pipeline route and commercial sides.’

The chairman of Petrobangla, SR Osmani, will lead Bangladesh in the meeting. Another member of the committee is the managing director of the Gas Transmission Company Ltd, Manjur Morshed Talukdar.

India has announced names of a four-member delegation for the meeting.

As per the agenda, Myanmar, Bangladesh and India will place their positions in the meeting.

At the same time, agreement of the trilateral meeting, the proposed structure of the MOU and its draft will also be placed.

The committee will approve the draft MOU.

The MOU was scheduled to be signed in the ministerial meeting on January 12 and 13. India and Myanmar were willing to sign it but Bangladesh denied.


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