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Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has highlighted the importance Sri Lanka attaches to strengthening relations with Bangladesh especially economic cooperation.

The Minister made this observation during a courtesy call by the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka Tareq Md. Ariful Islam at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

The Minister, while recalling the strong relations between the two countries thanked the Government of Bangladesh for the continued support and cooperation extended to Sri Lanka in multilateral fora, particularly at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The Minister also discussed a wide range of bilateral matters with High Commissioner Ariful Islam including joint tourism ventures, sharing intelligence in combating and countering terrorism and expansion of trade within the region.

Considering the vast potential of trade in the South Asian region, Foreign Minister Peiris highlighted the need for both countries to work in close collaboration to reap the benefits of international and regional trade pacts, especially in the apparel sector, as Bangladesh is one of the top manufacturers of high quality garments.The Bangladesh High Commissioner emphasized the importance of enhancing shipping cooperation between the two countries and the early conclusion of the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA), as tangible measures to boost bilateral trade relations in the years ahead.

The celebration of the 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh next year was also discussed during the meeting.


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British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed at the army headquarters on Thursday.

They exchanged greetings and discussed the existing friendly ties between the armies of the two countries, read a press release.

Various aspects of future progress were also discussed during the meeting. The army chief thanked the British ambassador for the visit.

 

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday sought constant support from Russia for building another nuclear power plant in Bangladesh's southern region.

"Once the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is completed, we'll go for setting up another in the southern region of the country. We need constant Russian support in this regard," she said.

The Prime Minister said this while Director General of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia Alexey Likhachev met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.

PM's press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said the Rosatom DG also expressed their country's willingness to continue support to Bangladesh's power sector.

Hasina said the Rooppur Power Plant is the first nuclear power plant in Bangladesh which is being built with the help of Russia.

The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of maintaining appropriate security measures in the plant and asked the Rosatom DG to train Bangladeshi people in this regard.

She appreciated Russia for extending its help to construct the first-ever nuclear power plant in Bangladesh.

Talking about the Covid-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister said the pandemic has slightly slowed down the country's overall development, and Bangladesh is now in the process of recovery.

She recalled with gratitude the assistance and cooperation of the then Russian Federation during Bangladesh's Independence War and rebuilding the war-ravaged country.

Alexey Likhachev highly appreciated Sheikh Hasina's strong support and guidance towards Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant and said the cooperation between the two countries has entered an atomic sphere. "Bangladesh will become a nuclear energy power by 2023," he said.

Describing the present status of the project, Likhachev, "We've all the technical aspects and the security measures into account."

About the completion of the ongoing project, he said the timeline may be adjusted.

Regarding training, he said they will train Bangladeshis to run the plant and will also give attention to social development in the project area.

He said more than 20,000 Bangladeshi people are working in the project while some local companies have been given various jobs on sub-contracts. "They're remarkable," he said.

The Rosatom DG also praised and thanked the Science and Technology Ministry and Atomic Energy Commission for its all-out support and cooperation.

He thanked the Health Ministry for its cooperation in vaccinating 90 percent of the Russian people working in the project.

Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman, Ambassador-at-Large Mohammad Ziauddin, Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus and Secretary of Science and Technology Ministry Ziaul Hasan were also present.


 

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The Bangladesh Navy and the British Royal Navy have some possibilities for working closely together in the field of maritime security, said Robert Chatterton Dickson, the British high commissioner to Bangladesh.

"We are actively working with the Bangladesh Navy. There are more things we can do in terms of equipment, which has exciting possibilities, and in terms of training," he said, responding to a question at a Chattogram port press briefing, after the Royal Navy warship, HMS Kent, arrived in Chattogram yesterday.

The Royal Navy ship has come to commemorate the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Golden Jubilee of Independence.

"We already have a very long and deep relationship between the Royal Navy and the Bangladesh Navy. Many Bangladesh navy ships originated in the royal navy and many Bangladesh navy officers received training in the UK, so there is a very strong foundation," said the British high commissioner.

He said after 2008, this is the first royal navy ship that has come to Bangladesh. Having this ship in Chattogram is a very visible sign of the specific tools of UK foreign policy.

"We are also increasing partnership with fast-growing, fast emerging economies like that here in Bangladesh," he said.

"In the wonderful golden jubilee year, we are celebrating the people-to-people relationship between our two countries," the British high commissioner continued.

At the press briefing, Commander MJ Sykes, commanding officer of the HMS Kent, thanked the Bangladesh Navy for their warm welcome.

He said, "We are delighted to be here to celebrate a very close relationship between the United Kingdom and Bangladesh and between the Royal Navy and the Bangladesh Navy."

The HMS Kent arrived at Chattogram Port Jetty yesterday morning.

Upon its arrival, the ship was welcomed by Chief Staff Officer, Commander Chattogram Naval Area, Captain SM Moyeen Uddin. The British defense adviser in Dhaka and other senior naval officials were present during the welcome ceremony.

Earlier, when the ship reached the waters of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Navy ship BNS Abu Bakar accorded it a traditional welcome.

During this friendly visit, Commander MJ Sykes, will call on the Commander Chattogram Naval Area, Commander BN Fleet, and chairman of Chattogram Port Authority, said a press release.

Officers and sailors of HMS Kent will visit the Bangladesh Naval Academy, BNS Shaheed Moazzam naval base, the War Cemetery, BN Ashar Alo School and Rehabilitation Center for Children with Special Needs, and various other tourist and historical sites in Chattogram.

Friendly sports and cultural programmes are also planned for their visit.

On completion of the visit, the ship is expected leave Chattogram port on 18 October, 2021.


Laying emphasis on expanding the areas of cooperation between Bangladesh and Russia, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday sought Russian investment in Bangladesh's jute sector.

Sheikh Hasina said this when newly-appointed Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander Vikentyevich Mantytskiy met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.

PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said both agreed to explore potential in Bangladesh's agriculture sector and expand cooperation in other areas.

Hasina highly appreciated Russia's cooperation with Bangladesh in its various sectors, particularly the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

She recalled the cooperation and assistance of the then Soviet Union during the Liberation War of Bangladesh and after its independence.

The Prime Minister mentioned that many students had studied in Russia, especially in its medical colleges, and said those who had helped Bangladesh during its trying time have special places in the hearts of the people of this country.

She also said Bangladesh will be happy to receive Russian President Vladimir Putin here if he visits Bangladesh.

Alexander Mantytskiy said he had been in Dhaka 20 years back and now found Bangladesh's present development massive and remarkable.

He mentioned that the friendship between Bangladesh and Russian started back in 1971 when the then Soviet Union had extended cooperation to Bangladesh.

Mantytskiy mentioned that Bangladesh and Russia are working closely in the United Nations, while the trade and commerce between the two countries have increased substantially.

Mantytskiy also expressed his country's interest in building the second nuclear power plant in Bangladesh on completion of the Rooppur Power Plant.

Talking about various agreements between the two countries, he said those have to be updated, and put emphasis on strengthening cooperation in the defence sector.

Ambassador-at-Large Mohammad Ziauddin and Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus were present at the meeting.

 

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Swiss entrepreneurs are interested to invest in Bangladesh's leather sector, Switzerland's Ambassador to Bangladesh Nathalie Chuard said today.

The Swiss envoy shared the information in a meeting with Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun at the latter's office in Dhaka.

The minister praised the Swiss entrepreneurs for their interest in Bangladesh.

The Swiss envoy later handed over a letter to the minister from a Zurich-based tannery, which wants to take a tour of the Savar's tannery estate.

During the meeting, the two agreed to work together on issues such as patents, designs, trademarks of products and services, and geographical indication products for the protection of intellectual property.

The industries minister also called upon the Swiss ambassador to increase imports of textile and garment products from Bangladesh.

According to the Swiss Federal Customs Administration, goods worth about 610 million francs were traded between the two countries in 2020.

Of this, Bangladesh exported 60 million Swiss francs and Bangladesh imported goods worth 13 million Swiss francs.

Industries Secretary Zakia Sultana were also present.

 

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Bangladesh on Sunday offered Nepal to use its both Mongla and Paira ports.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the offer when Nepalese Ambassador Dr Banshidhar Mishra met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.

PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

The Prime Minister said Bangladesh is developing Syedpur Airport as a regional one and Nepal can use that airport.

She recalled with gratitude Nepal's support during Bangladesh’s Liberation War.

The Nepalese envoy sought cooperation from Bangladesh for the development of their agriculture sector.

He also praised Bangladesh’s overall development saying that they are moved by its economic development.

The envoy thanked the Prime Minister as Nepal always gets Bangladesh beside them during their needs and recalled its medical assistance after a massive earthquake hit their country.

He thanked the Prime Minister on behalf of his country's President and Prime Minister as she sent Haribhanga mango as a gift.

Ambassador-at-Large Mohammad Ziauddin and Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus were present at the meeting.

 

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Chief of Army Staff, General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed left Dhaka on Sunday night to visit South Korea on an official occasion.

On invitation of Republic of Korea's Chief of Staff Nam Yeong Shin, Bangladesh Army chief will take part in the International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition 2021.

A delegated five-member team of the Bangladesh Army led by the Chief is visiting South Korea.

Bangladesh Army Chief will meet the South Korean Minister of National Defence, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chief of Army Staff and the Air Force, and other senior officials of Korea during his visit.

He will discuss the bilateral relationship and mutual cooperation between the two nations.

The chief is scheduled to return on Saturday, 23 October.


Germany today expressed its interest to cooperate Bangladesh on climate and energy issues.

"We want to cooperate Bangladesh in climate and energy sectors" said newly appointed German Ambassador to Bangladesh Achim Troester while paying a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence here.

PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed newsmen after the meeting.

The envoy said the two countries are passing 50 years of their diplomatic relations.

He appreciated overall Bangladesh's development and the mechanism to tackle the Covid-19 situation aptly.

The envoy said the death rate is relatively very low in comparison with the other countries.

On the climate change issue, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has started the adaptation and mitigation programmes with its own resources.

The Prime Minister highlighted various measures taken by her government and said a total of six crore doses (with single and double doses) have so far been given to Bangladeshi people.

She recalled with gratitude Germany's cooperation during Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971.

The Prime Minister said many German families adopted "war babies" after the Liberation War.

Ambassador-at-Large Mohammad Ziauddin and Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus were present.

 

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Dhaka has underscored the need for the early implementation of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal motor vehicles pact for regional connectivity and cooperation with Kathmandu in the areas of energy and trade.

Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen raised the issue with the Nepalese ambassador in Dhaka, Banshidhar Mishra, at the Foreign Service Academy on Monday.

Momen also highlighted the excellent bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Nepal during the meeting.

On his part, the Ambassador of Nepal underscored the necessity of enhanced trade and commerce between the two countries through early conclusion of Preferential Trade Agreement.

He expressed gratitude to the Foreign Minister for the support extended to him during his tenure.

The ambassador requested the Bangladesh government to simplify the visa regime for increasing people-to-people contact.

Banshidhar presented his credentials to the President of Bangladesh in September 2019 as ambassador of Nepal, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He is scheduled to leave Dhaka on October 21 upon completion of his diplomatic assignment.


President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry Rizwan Rahman on Monday urged Spanish entrepreneurs to invest in the country’s infrastructure, railways, health care, agro machineries and agro product processing, tourism, IT and ITES, automotive and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient sectors.

He made the call while meeting with Ambassador of Spain to Bangladesh Francisco de Asis Benites Salas at the DCCI in the city, said a press release.

In his welcome remarks, Rizwan Rahman said the bilateral trade between Bangladesh and Spain was $2.37 billion in FY2019-20, of which, export and import related trade of the country was $2.19 billion and $177.98 million respectively.

He opined that export from Bangladesh to Spain is heavily concentrated on the country’s RMG products, but Bangladeshi footwear, carpet and floor covering, jute goods, bicycle, plastic, consumer goods, dairy products also have huge potential to export in Spain.

DCCI president urged the Spanish entrepreneurs to invest in infrastructure, railways, health care, agro machineries and agro product processing, tourism, IT and ITES, automotive and API sectors of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has made a tremendous economic success in recent years, which is a role model for the rest of the world, Francisco mentioned.

He opined that there is huge scope to improve bilateral trade between both the countries and Spanish entrepreneurs can invest in tourism, infrastructure, Railways, health care, automotive in Bangladesh.

He said Spain hold the first position to produce agricultural products and in agro processing business, Bangladesh can use Spanish experience and technological know-how to improve in this sector.

The Spanish ambassador also proposed to use their experience and knowledge to preserve the historic and heritage sites in Bangladesh, so that Bangladesh can attract more tourists from home and abroad.

DCCI senior vice-president NKA Mobin, its vice-president Monowar Hossain and commercial counsellor of Spanish Embassy Francisco Javier Yepes were also present in the meeting.

 

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Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Jeremy Bruer has said his country will drive a clean-energy supply-chain initiative for the Indo-Pacific region and can assist countries like Bangladesh with energy resources, including renewable, to help fuel Bangladesh's growth.

He said Australia released the first "Low Emissions Technology Statement" under the technology investment roadmap and they are keen to cooperate with Bangladesh in this area.

"The prosperity of our region depends on Australia remaining a reliable and responsible energy partner of choice in the clean-energy global economy," said the High Commissioner, adding that they will consider a sizable financial contribution to ensure it delivers.

The Australian envoy made the remarks while delivering his keynote speech at a virtual dialogue titled "Bangladesh-Australia Relations: Prognosis for the Future."

Cosmos Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Cosmos Group, hosted the dialogue as part of its ongoing Ambassadors' Lecture Series.

The opening remarks were delivered by Cosmos Foundation Chairman Enayetullah Khan. The session was chaired by Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, a renowned scholar-diplomat and former Advisor on Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh Caretaker Government.

Former Foreign Secretary Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Distinguished Fellow at Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, Professor at International Relations Department of Dhaka University Imtiaz Ahmed, Brig Gen (retd) Shahedul Anam Khan and Honorary Advisor Emeritus, Cosmos Foundation Ambassador (retd) Tariq A Karim comprised the panel of discussants.

Enayetullah Khan said Australia has been seen as a trusted development partner in Bangladesh since the 1970s and recalled the broadcast of Bangladesh's declaration of independence on Radio Australia, through which the rest of the world first came to know about it.

When independence finally came, he said, Australia became the 4th country and the first among the developed world to accord Bangladesh recognition on January 31, 1972.

The two countries, Khan said, continue to find new paths of collaboration and connection between their people, institutions and businesses.

Dr Iftekhar said Bangladesh-Australia ties go far beyond curry and cricket and shared liberal values rendered the two countries natural partners.

"We're also looking for expanded collaboration in the whole range of activities -- e-commerce, infrastructure, power and energy, water, sanitation, hygiene; and tapping potential in the blue economy – our maritime resources," he said.

High Commissioner Bruer said Australia has the potential to be a major supplier of LNG (liquefied natural gas) and other energy resources, including renewable energy to fuel Bangladesh's growth. "We'd welcome support for expanded commercial energy partnerships."

He said Australia has a plan that will ensure they meet their commitments and help its partners achieve theirs by developing at scale and cost the clean-energy technologies that all need.

"Our plan -- the long-term emissions reduction strategy outlines how Australia will harness low emissions technologies to meet its net zero commitments and continue to supply reliable and clean energy," said the envoy.

The plan, he said, is backed by Australian government investment of $20 billion in low emissions technologies in the decade to 2030.

During that same period, the Australian High Commissioner said, they expect to leverage a further $80 billion of total investment from the private sector to support the commercialisation of technologies that they need to bring emissions down in Australia and around the world.

Australia's focus is on cost-breakthroughs in clean hydrogen, long-duration energy storage, carbon-capture and storage low-carbon steel and aluminium and soil carbon measurement, he said.

Removing the green premium, the price difference between current technologies and low emissions solutions is the key to widespread global adoption.

Tariq Karim said Bangladesh needs to make a transition to clean energy from dirty energy, but it will not happen overnight.

"I recognize that. You can't suddenly shut down coal-powered plants. If we do that in Bangladesh, our economic activities will hamper abruptly. But we've to make a transition," said the noted diplomat.

In a sense, he said, Australia can help Bangladesh in such a transition. "But I'm disappointed that Australia is not there in the picture. Australia is the largest repository of natural gas. I think even more than Qatar or perhaps equal in Qatar. But we are importing LNG now from sources other than Australia."

Tariq said Australia can come forward and support Bangladesh's efforts towards transitioning from dirty power plants to cleaner power plants.

"Without fuel, the engines of growth will stop running everywhere and we'll have to find new fuel. We're of course diverting to cleaner sources. We've fallen back on nuclear energy which has been our long-cherished dream, and the Prime Minister is talking about the second nuclear power plant," he said.

But nuclear energy also requires having a more disciplined approach to deal with it because this boon can easily become a big disaster, the diplomat opined.


Stating Canada as one of the top trading partners of Bangladesh, President of Chattogram Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) Mahbubul Alam called for increasing Canadian investment.

Mahbubul Alam made the call during a meeting with Angela Dark, Counselor (Commercial Affairs) of the Canadian High Commission in Bangladesh on Sunday afternoon at the chamber's office at World Trade Centre in Chattogram.

At that time, Mahbubul Alam emphasised on establishing links between the concerned traders of both the countries to make the import-export trade more economical and expressed his interest to work together with the Canada Chamber of Commerce in this regard.

Mahbubul Alam further said that Bangladesh will attract about 15 billion US dollars in foreign investment through the Mirsarai Economic Zone.

Counsellor Angela Dark said that Bangladesh's economy is growing very fast and Canadian companies are more interested in setting up industries in Bangladesh than other Asian countries.

Angela said, "Therefore, it is very important to establish communication between the concerned."

Angela emphasised on diversification of goods to increase imports and exports of both countries.

Pointing out existing trade problems in Bangladesh, she said that both the countries would benefit by taking advantage of the possibilities by resolving them through discussions at the forthcoming Joint Working Group meeting.


Bangladesh will receive a $700 million soft loan from South Korea, 2021-2025, for sustainable economic recovery, improving transportation, and health services.

For the loans, on Sunday the Bangladesh government signed a "Framework Arrangement" with the Korean government to implement various development projects in the country, said a press release.

Under this Framework Arrangement, signed in the capital city's NEC Bhaban of the Economic Relations Division (ERD), the Korean government will provide financial assistance to implement various development projects in Bangladesh over the next five years.

The governments are expected to sign loan agreements of $100 million for "Sustainable Economic Recovery Program (Subprogram1)" of the Finance Division, $51 million for

"Procurement of CNG Single Decker AC Buses for BRTC" project under the Road Transport and Highways Division, and $25 million for the "Establishment of a Modern International Training Institute for Dhaka WASA" project of the Local Government Division within this year.

Moreover, important projects like "Construction of Railway-cum-Road Bridges across the River Karnaphuli at the Kalurghat, Chattogram" and the "Establishment of a Multi-disciplinary and Super Specialized Hospital at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) (2nd Phase)" are also expected to be implemented under this Framework Arrangement.

Fatima Yasmin, Secretary, Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance, and LEE Jang-keun, Korean ambassador to Bangladesh, signed the arrangement on behalf of their respective governments.

The loan agreements to be signed under this Framework Arrangement will carry an interest rate of 0.01% to 0.05% with a 40-year term, including a 15- year grace period.

This is the second largest sum of money committed by the Korean government for its development partners.

The Korean government has been providing soft loans through the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEximbank) for the development of socio-economic, infrastructure and ICT sectors in Bangladesh since 1997.

Bangladesh has completed fifteen projects of $469.77 million with assistance from the EDCF. Another eight projects of $666.28 million are currently ongoing. At the end of Financial Year 2020-21, total commitment from the EDCF has been $1330.48 million.

Officials from the Korean Embassy in Dhaka, the KExim Bank, and the Economic Relations Division, were present at the occasion.

 

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Germany will provide €120 million in loan to assist Bangladesh in modernising the distribution grid infrastructure to contribute to a safer and stable electricity supply in the country, in continuation of development cooperation between the two countries.

A loan agreement on the "Modernisation of Power Distribution-Smart Grids Phase I" was signed between the Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh, and KfW Development Bank, as a representative of the German Development Cooperation, on Monday, reads a press release.

Fatima Yasmin, Secretary, Economic Relations Divisions, Carolin Gassner, Director South Asia, KfW Development Bank and Anirban Kundu, Director, KfW Bangladesh, have signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations.

The Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board and the West Zone Power Distribution Co Ltd will implement the project.

Germany has been providing financial and technical assistance for the socio-economic development in Bangladesh since 1972.

Japan to provide 500m Japanese Yen in primary education development

Japan will provide 500 million Japanese Yen (approximately Tk38.93 crore) as a grant to implement "The Fourth Primary Education Development Programme (PEDP-4)" project in the third phase.

Fatima Yasmin, Secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Finance, signed the exchange of notes and the grant agreement on behalf of Bangladesh on Monday.

Ito Naoki, Ambassador of Japan in Bangladesh, has signed the exchange of notes while Yuho Hayakawa, Chief Representative, JICA Bangladesh Office, has signed the grant agreement on behalf of Japan on Monday, reads a press release.

The PEDP-4 is being implemented during 2018-2023 by the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education.

Under PEDP-4 the grant will be utilised for curriculum revision and textbook development, teacher education and continuous professional development and fiduciary system and budget.

It is to be noted that Japan has provided 2490 million Japanese Yen (Tk198 crore) as a grant for implementing the PEDP-3 project for 2011-2018.

Starting from 2018, Japan has also provided 1,000 million Japanese Yen (Tk75.65 crore) as a grant for implementing the PEDP-4 in the first and second phases.

Japan is the single-largest bilateral development partner providing financial support for the socio-economic development of Bangladesh. Till June 2021, the support has reached $16.16 billion in Official Development Assistance disbursements.

Japanese loans and grants are being utilised in a wide range of areas including power, roads, bridges, telecommunication, agriculture, health, education, water supply and sanitation, rural development, environment, human resource development, etc.

The Japanese assistance contributed significantly to the overall development of the country.


 

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Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said the United Nations should be a voice of all the countries, not just the mouthpiece of a few countries, reports UNB.

“There’s a need for a change in this situation,” he said while addressing a discussion at Jatiya Press Club marking the UN Day.

He said Bangladesh will be the candidate for UNGA President in 2026 and insisted that the next UN General Secretary, if it is from Asia, should be from Bangladesh.

Dr Momen said it is regrettable that there is no significant number of Bangladeshis in the UN leadership positions. “Now, time has come for increasing our representation in the UN.”

The Foreign Minister appreciated the UN role in many areas saying there was no third World War because of the UN though it has failed to resolve problems in many countries.

“We want peace in the world and the UN was established in search of peace. We recognise UN contributions,” he said.

Momen said Bangladesh will host a world peace conference in December as peace is imperative for development.

He said the emerging problems can be solved by the people and laid emphasis on a peace centric model eradicating poverty, deprivation and ensuring gainful employment.

Momen said they want to see a world that is pro-people, pro-planet, more peaceful, more prosperous and sustainable for all.

He said this is possible through partnership and collaboration leaving no one behind. Dhakabashi Organisation in cooperation with UNIC Dhaka organized the discussion presided over by Sujit Roy Nandi.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in a message said, seventy-six years ago, the United Nations was created as a vehicle of hope for a world emerging from the shadow of catastrophic conflict.

“Today, the women and men of the UN carry this hope forward around the globe,” he said, adding that Covid-19, conflicts, hunger, poverty and the climate emergency remind them that the world is far from perfect.
He said they also make clear that solidarity is the only way forward. “We need to come together to tackle great challenges and advance the Sustainable Development Goals.”

“As we mark UN Day, let’s unite behind these ideals, and live up to the full promise, potential and hope of the United Nations,” said the UN chief.


The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) is keen to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the apex Spanish trade body to boost bilateral trade, reports UNB.

“It is important to develop relations between the businessmen of the two countries. So, the exchange of business information will be easier if the FBCCI has an MoU with the Spanish apex trade body, which was agreed by Spanish ambassador Francisco de Assis Benitez Salas,” FBCCI president Md Jashim Uddin said Thursday.

“A draft MoU would be sent to the Spanish embassy soon. Bangladesh is an attractive destination for foreign investors not only for exports but also for its huge domestic market,” he added.

“Although there is a huge potential to increase trade in Bangladesh, only a few Spanish companies are doing business in Bangladesh. It is possible to increase the trade but for that Bangladesh has to be introduced to the Spanish entrepreneurs,” Francisco said while paying a courtesy call on Jashim.

“Spain opened a commercial wing in 2018 to strengthen trade ties. A few companies, including Inditex and Zara are doing business in Bangladesh,” he added.

“However, there are many world-class Spanish companies in several sectors, including agriculture and food processing, machine manufacturing. Many of them do not have the right idea about Bangladesh. So, the possibility of trade relations between the two countries is still untapped.”

Announcing the establishment of 100 economic zones across the country, the FBCCI president said, like China, Japan, Korea and India, Spain can select a dedicated economic zone to set up factories.

Mostofa Azad Chowdhury Babu, senior vice-president of the FBCCI, highlighted the possibility of joint ventures of businessmen of the two countries for investment in the ceramic and tiles sector.

FBCCI vice-presidents MA Momen and Md Habib Ullah Dawn, director Mohammed Riyad Ali and CEO Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque were also present.


 
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