SHILLONG: The Meghalaya Exporter Chamber of Commerce (MECC), has appreciated the move of the Meghalaya government to restart border trade with Bangladesh. Meanwhile, modalities to resume the border trade are being worked out.
It may be mentioned that following the countrywide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, border trade has been shut for nearly three months now.
"We need to open up our trade activities so that the government can generate revenue in terms of foreign exchange and royalty and especially to sustain the livelihood of the people who are involved directly and indirectly with border trade," MECC general secretary Dolly Khonglah said.
Khonglah also informed that recently the district administration of West Jaintia Hills had held a consultation meeting with members of various exporter and importer associations, truck owners and drivers' organizations on the resumption of border trade with Bangladesh through the land customs stations at Tamabil- Dawki.
"I hope we can start our trade activities at the earliest. Economy cannot remain shut like this for too long. We have to learn to live with the pandemic and we need to take the utmost care to protect ourselves from being infected with the disease by duly following the health guidelines and taking care of one's own health," the MECC general secretary pointed out.
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