On 22-23 June 2023, the second India-Bangladesh Strategic Dialogue was jointly convened by the Ananta Centre and the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka. This was the first in-person dialogue held in New Delhi. The inaugural edition was held in May last year. The dialogue saw domain experts, policymakers, and journalists coming together to discuss some of the over-arching issues governing the India-Bangladesh relationship at present. The dialogue was led by co-chairs Dr Naushad Forbes, Chairman of Ananta Aspen Centre and Dr Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Dialogue.
H.E. Md. Mustafizur Rahman, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India attended the dialogue on the first day and delivered the welcome remarks to the delegations by highlighting the importance of “collective prosperity and mutual benefits” of both countries. Mr. Harsh V. Shringla, Chief Coordinator of India’s G-20 Presidency and former High Commissioner to Bangladesh gave valedictory remarks by reiterating that Indo-Bangla bilateral relationship should work for the common people, and improvements in it should reflect on the ground in both countries.
The India-Bangladesh Strategic Dialogue is a dialogue between friends, who have seen much progress in our relationship, and friends who can do much more. Great opportunities exist in this bilateral relationship. Every vertical of Indo-Bangla ties is therefore critical—political, security, economics, or geopolitics.
The next edition of this dialogue will be held in Dhaka in 2024.