Dhaka: Bangladesh interim administration has approved a proposal for signing the inter-governmental agreement to join the Trans-Asian Railway network and develop transport communications in Asia and surrounding countries, including India.
The advisory council, effectively the cabinet, with chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed took the decision in its weekly meeting on 5 May.
The network was expected to be gradually connected with Europe with a trans-border railway, which will enter Bangladesh from three directions in the west and exit through a single gateway on the eastern front.
18 countries, including China, Nepal, Iran and Indonesia signed the deal in South Korea in 2006.
The deadline for signing the agreement by other interested countries was set from November 2006 to December 2008. The countries will have to ink the accord at the UN headquarters in New York.