The two sides have set a deadline until December to sign the CEPA protocol, after which formal trade negotiations will begin, a Bangladeshi official who did not want to be identified told ThePrint. The deaths caused by BSF fire at the Bangladesh border were the victims of a so-called cyberwarfire between hackers from both countries who took as victims the websites of BSF, National Informatics Centre and Trinamool Congress.  The Bangladeshi government has spoken out on the subject and condemned the cyberattacks on Indian websites. Bangladesh is gradually moving from “least developed country” (LDC) to “developing country” and will increasingly need free trade agreements to gain duty-free access in India. During Sheikh Hasina`s four-day visit to New Delhi in April 2017, Bangladesh and India signed two defence agreements, the first between India and one of its neighbours. As part of the agreements, military personnel from both countries will hold joint exercises and training. India will help Bangladesh set up defence platform production and service centres, which both countries have to ensure self-sufficiency in the production of weapons in Bangladesh, as well as provide the Bangladeshi army with specialized training and technical and logistical support. India has also extended its first defence-related credit line to a neighbouring country by providing $500 million to Bangladesh for defence equipment.  “India does not want to impose what Bangladesh might not find appropriate to its requirements. The bilateral document under discussion aims to institutionalize the existing mechanism and streamline ongoing cooperation between the two countries,” said one official, adding that maritime security will be a key element of the partnership with the two countries facing similar challenges in the Bay of Bengal.
A common roadmap for the development of the blue economy in the Bay of Bengal is likely to be unveiled during Prime Minister Hasina`s visit.  Bilateral merchandise trade between India and Bangladesh declined by 7.82 per cent in the 2019-2020 fiscal year to $9.45 billion, compared with $10.25 billion in fiscal year 2018-19, according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Relations between the two countries were generally friendly, although there are sometimes border disputes. The historic agreement on land borders was signed on 6 June 2015, which used a new era in relations and further put an end to any irritation in relations.  They are joint members of SAARC, BIMSTEC, IORA and the Commonwealth. The two countries have many cultural ties. Bangladesh and eastern West Bengal, in particular, are Bengali. B with high deputy commissions in Khulna, Rajshahi and Chittagong.  President Ershad visited India in 1982.  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina travelled to India in 2010 to sign a series of agreements.
 Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh travelled to Dhaka in 2011 to sign a series of agreements.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited historic Bangladesh, which was a landmark, with the land border agreement being resolved in 2015.  As part of the proposed bilateral defence agreement between the nations, India is also ready to expand its territories and cooperate with the defence forces of the People`s Republic of Bangladesh to establish a production services sector for future defence platforms for both countries.