Bangladesh on Friday (8 September) reaffirmed its strong and enduring partnership with China, describing China as a dependable neighbor, close friend, and collaborative ally in Bangladesh’s path to modernization. This declaration was made during the inauguration of the “Belt and Road Initiative in Bangladesh Exhibition 2023” in the city, where the Chinese envoy delivered a keynote address emphasizing the commitment to bolster economic and trade relations between China and Bangladesh.
The envoy expressed optimism that, under the Belt and Road Initiative, the relationship between the two nations would ascend to new heights and usher in a fresh era of friendly collaboration. Notably, this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative, with Bangladesh having been the first South Asian country to join this initiative.
The Chinese envoy extended gratitude to the Bangladesh China Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Chinese Enterprise Association for orchestrating this event. He underscored the significance of this exhibition, which vividly showcases the achievements of the Belt and Road Initiative in Bangladesh, serving as a platform for cooperation between Chinese and Bangladeshi enterprises. Moreover, this exhibition is a gesture commemorating the 74th anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The “Belt and Road Initiative in Bangladesh Exhibition 2023” is a premium exhibition that features leading companies from both China and Bangladesh. It is scheduled from September 8th to 10th, 2023, at the Bangabandhu Bangladesh – China Friendship Exhibition Center in Purbachal, running from 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM. The event is a collaborative effort involving the Embassy of China in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCCI), and the Chinese Enterprise Association (CEAB).
The exhibition encompasses various activities, including seminars, workshops with government departments, forums for dialogue between Chinese and Bangladeshi businesses, job fairs, and business meetings. Among the exhibitors are 15 Chinese companies with their South Asian regional headquarters in Bangladesh, nearly 20 other prominent Chinese companies actively operating in the Bangladesh market, and several prominent Bangladeshi companies and banks.
Bangladesh Aims to Enhance Bilateral Ties with South Korea in Trade and Investment
Bangladesh is eager to strengthen its bilateral relations with South Korea, particularly in the realms of trade and investment, in pursuit of realizing the dream of achieving a ‘Golden Bengal,’ as envisioned by the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Md Shahriar Alam, expressed this commitment as the chief guest at a reception commemorating South Korea’s National Foundation Day. The reception, hosted by South Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Park Young-Sik, took place at a city hotel on Sunday evening.
During his speech, Minister Alam conveyed Dhaka’s contentment with the consistent growth in bilateral trade and investment between Bangladesh and South Korea. He highlighted the 50-year history of robust bilateral relations and expressed optimism about elevating this friendship to a deeper and more comprehensive level of collaboration.
Furthermore, Minister Alam referenced the recent meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Yoon Suk Yeol on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders Summit in India, underlining the significance of such high-level engagements.
He reiterated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s vision of establishing a knowledge and technology-based prosperous and intelligent Bangladesh by the year 2041.
Minister Alam also expressed gratitude for South Korea’s prompt recognition of Bangladesh as an independent state shortly after its independence on May 12, 1972.
Vietnam’s National Assembly President Attends Forum in Dhaka for Economic Collaboration with Bangladesh
Vuong Dinh Hue, the President of the Vietnam National Assembly, recently participated in an event held in Dhaka known as the ‘Forum on Policies and Laws to Foster Economic, Trade, and Investment Collaboration between Vietnam and Bangladesh.’ This significant gathering was jointly organized by the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Vietnamese Embassy in Bangladesh, and in cooperation with key entities including the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and the Vietnamese Business Association in Bangladesh.
The forum drew the presence of a distinguished high-level delegation from the Vietnamese National Assembly, alongside prominent figures from the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), and a substantial representation from businesses on both sides. Additionally, various ministries from both Vietnam and Bangladesh were represented.
During the forum, three notable business-to-business Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were inked. These agreements included collaboration between BMH Vietnam Company and Doreen Group Bangladesh, focusing on investment cooperation, technology transfer, and the advancement of pre-engineered steel production. Another agreement was reached between Bangladesh Vietnam Development Assistance Company and the Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Association, with a specific focus on pharmaceutical exchange. Lastly, Huong Giang Aviation Services and the Bangladesh Tourism Association came together to establish a tourism alliance, marking a significant step in enhancing tourism ties between the two nations.
As part of his official three-day tour, Vuong Dinh Hue visited the state-of-the-art facilities of Beximco Pharma in Tongi, where he received an informative presentation and toured the manufacturing facility.
Bangladesh’s Commitment to SDGs Unshaken Despite Global Challenges, Says PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reaffirmed her government’s unwavering commitment to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), even in the face of challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ukraine war, and the climate crisis. She made this declaration during a meeting with Helen Clark, Chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), at the United Nations Headquarters.
As part of her commitment to healthcare services accessibility for all citizens, PM Sheikh Hasina mentioned the implementation of the National Health Sector Strategic Plan (2011-2030) and a 27% increase in healthcare sector allocations for the current fiscal year 2023-24.
Helen Clark commended Bangladesh’s exceptional progress in healthcare under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visionary leadership, citing the nation’s remarkable achievements in reducing maternal and child mortality rates and ensuring universal healthcare services.
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