In order to truly, comprehensively and objectively understand China, experience Chinese-style modernization, and promote mutual cooperation and people-to-people exchange between China and foreign countries, the five-day “China in My Eyes – Zhejiang Trip” was successfully held in Zhejiang province. Bangladeshi students had spontaneous participation in this event.
The five-day trip from April 24 to April 28 was organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries with overall cooperation from the Zhejiang Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries so that foreign students can gain practical experience.
Winners of the “China in My Eyes” short video contest get to participate in the event. Participants in the event visited Hangzhou, Jiaxing, and Huzhou cities and other places in Zhejiang province. The event was supervised by Zhu Dan, Director of the Cultural Exchange Department of The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
Three Bangladeshi students studying in China participated in the video competition and received awards, and participated in the event. They are Mainul Islam Apon, Mehedi Hassan Sunny, and Md Sohag Hossen.
Zhu Dan, Director of the Cultural Exchange Department of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries said this time, we organized 25 winners of the “China in My Eyes” short video from 19 countries on four continents to visit Zhejiang. First of all, we would like to thank the Zhejiang Friendship Association for its thoughtful arrangement and warm reception. Why did we choose to come to Zhejiang? Because Zhejiang has outstanding people, Liangzhu culture 5,000 years ago, and Southern Song culture 800 years ago. There is also the “Red Boat” culture 100 years ago. As a pioneer of reform and opening up and a demonstration area of socialist common prosperity, Zhejiang can not only understand China’s past and perceive the present, but also see China’s future. We are like a harmonious big family. Everyone also uses their mobile phone cameras to record what they see and hear along the way at any time and spreads it to more friends at home and abroad through videos. They are well-deserved messengers of cross-cultural communication. I hope that all the participants will introduce the real, three-dimensional, and colorful China to the world, and become envoys to promote the friendship between the Chinese people and the people of other countries.
25 delegates from 19 countries and regions of 4 continents including Bangladesh, Nepal, America, United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Laos, Thailand, Nigeria, and Kenya participated in the five-day trip to Zhejiang province. Moreover, Zhejiang Provincial Friendship Association, Jiaxing and Huzhou Friendship Association, and other related officials participated in the event.
Bangladeshi Enterprises Shine at Global Sourcing Expo Melbourne 2023
The “Global Sourcing Expo Melbourne 2023,” a three-day international trade exhibition, commenced today at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center in Australia. The event is facilitated by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra, with the participation of 19 Bangladeshi enterprises. Among them, 15 garment manufacturers and suppliers are showcasing their products, supported by the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB). Additionally, four other Bangladeshi companies, specializing in RMG and home décor, are partaking in the exhibition.
The inauguration of the Bangladeshi exportable items exhibition at the Global Sourcing Expo in Melbourne was conducted by Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Australia M Allama Siddiqui and Marry Kinsella, the Chief Executive Officer of the organizing firm. Political Counselor Tahleel Delawar Moon and Commercial Counselor Rony Chakma from the Bangladesh High Commission were also present at the inaugural event.
The exhibition draws the participation of around 900 manufacturers and suppliers from 20 countries, marking it as a significant platform in the realm of international trade. These expos are held twice a year in Sydney and Melbourne, offering a crucial avenue for importers, exporters, manufacturers, and suppliers to showcase their products, explore new markets, and foster communication.
In terms of Bangladesh’s exports to Australia, the readymade garment sector constitutes approximately 93 percent. Bangladesh currently holds the position of Australia’s 32nd largest trade partner.
Singapore’s GDP growth in Q3 driven by construction and services sectors.
The third-quarter performance of Singapore’s economy exceeded expectations, registering a robust 1.1 percent expansion. This growth was propelled by the construction industry and the services sector, particularly tourism. The data from the trade ministry surpassed the anticipated 0.8 percent and marked a significant improvement from the preceding three months.
In response to the positive momentum, officials have revised the full-year forecast for 2023. They now anticipate the economy to grow by 1.0 percent, adjusting from the earlier estimated range of 0.5-1.5 percent. The decision is influenced by improved performance in the US economy since the previous forecast in August. However, officials cautioned that inflation-fighting interest rate hikes may pose challenges in the coming months.
The ministry projected that growth in the US and eurozone would moderate due to the cumulative effects of monetary policy tightening. Similarly, China’s growth is expected to decelerate further due to ongoing weaknesses in its property sector, domestic consumption, and subdued external demand. Despite sluggish global demand for electronics, one of Singapore’s major exports, there are indications that the downturn may be stabilizing.
Continued growth in tourism arrivals is anticipated to support aviation and tourism-related businesses. Taking into account the overall performance of Singapore’s economy in the first three quarters of the year, along with the latest external and domestic developments, the GDP growth forecast for 2023 has been narrowed to around 1.0 percent.
Looking ahead to 2024, the ministry foresees a growth range of 1.0-3.0 percent. However, potential downside risks include high inflation and an escalation of conflicts, such as those between Israel and Hamas or the war in Ukraine. The confluence of these factors could impact business and consumer sentiments, leading to a potential slowdown in global growth and trade.
Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Trade Normalizes After Visa Rule Suspension
The resumption of cross-border trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan follows a temporary disruption caused by Pakistan’s introduction of a new visa rule. Commercial traffic came to a standstill when Pakistan enforced a requirement for the crew of commercial vehicles to possess passports and visas. In response, Afghanistan refused entry to trucks, leading to a suspension of trade. A Pakistan customs official revealed that talks between officials from the Ministry of Commerce and their Afghan counterparts resulted in an agreement to extend the implementation of the new rule by an additional two weeks for Afghan drivers. This decision followed two prior deferrals by Pakistan.
The media office of the governor of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan confirmed the normalization of cross-border trade after diplomatic discussions. The statement indicated optimism that the issue would be permanently resolved. The situation has unfolded against the backdrop of strained relations between Kabul and Islamabad, exacerbated by Pakistan’s plans to deport hundreds of thousands of Afghan migrants allegedly residing illegally in the country. Approximately 340,000 Afghans have been deported or voluntarily returned thus far.
Pakistan’s imposition of a requirement for passports and visas represents a departure from a longstanding practice allowing individuals to cross the border with national identity cards. Afghanistan, a landlocked nation heavily reliant on imports through Pakistan, faced disruptions in trade. Pakistan, grappling with a significant economic crisis, contends that allowing duty-free entry for Afghan-bound goods results in substantial financial losses. Additionally, concerns about smuggling and illegal sales further complicated the situation.
Pakistan justified the mass deportation of migrants by citing the need to safeguard its welfare and security, particularly in light of an increase in attacks attributed to militants operating from Afghanistan. The Taliban government in Afghanistan has consistently asserted that it does not permit foreign militants to use its territory, characterizing Pakistan’s security concerns as a domestic matter.
This recent development highlights the intricate diplomatic and economic challenges in the region, as both countries navigate issues related to trade, security, and the movement of people across their shared border.
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