Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Director General Bangladesh Coast Guard visited Indian Coast Guard North East Regional Headquarters, Kolkata from August 29-30, 2018.
During the visit, Director General Bangladesh Coast Guard interacted with Inspector General Rajan Bargotra, Commander Coast Guard Region (North East). A staff level meeting between both Coast Guards was also held on August 30, 2018 and discussion on various common maritime issues like sensitisation of fishermen on cross border fishing, bilateral table top exercise on maritime issues, real time information sharing, capacity building of Bangladesh Coast Guard through training and expertise sharing on maritime issues etc., took place. Both the sides have expressed their desire to cooperate with each other in order to jointly tackle the maritime challenges across the mutually shared International Maritime Boundary Line. The delegation was given a balance understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Coast Guard Region (North East) in general and search & rescue of fishermen at sea in particular. The delegation was provided with an overview on the measures taken to provide maritime safety and security in the states of West Bengal and Odisha.
To ensure maritime safety and security in the common maritime space of northern Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh Coast Guard and Indian Coast Guard have moved long way starting with signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2015. To implement the provisions of MoU, both the Coast Guards have agreed upon Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and the same has been signed in April this year. Based on the agreed SOP, both the Coast Guards had high level meeting followed by bilateral table top exercise on marine pollution at Kolkata on July 26-27 this year. In accordance with the SOP, Indian Coast Guard is providing training to Bangladesh Coast Guard Officers and Sailors since 2014. To accommodate the request from Bangladesh Coast Guard, from this year courses are being undertaken twice for both Officers and Sailors.