Bangladesh seeks space expertise from India ahead of satellite launch
Rebecca Hawkes
| 26 September 2014
Bangladesh, which aims to launch its first communications satellite by 2017, has agreed to move forward on bilateral cooperation with India in the field of space technology.

The decision, announced at the recently held third round of the India-Bangladesh foreign ministers' Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting, will help Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) realise the country's aim to have its own satellite to support telecommunications and broadcasting services.

India's Joint Secretary (BM) Sripriya Ranganathan said: "We have had very preliminary discussions at the technical level with Bangladesh. We have put the offer on the table that whatever returns they feel that they can gain by collaborating with us, whatever be the form, we have given them more or less a carte blanche to tell us what they would like to do. So, we are awaiting their response to it."

The decision follows a recent visit to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The prime minister said he wanted the benefits of India's significant expertise in science and technology and space to reach other developing nations, especially member-nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). He also called for ISRO to design a satellite suitable for SAARC member states. inShare0