Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) – Renowned animal breeder Hendrix Genetics (HG), which has business across the continents, says it is interested in expanding its business in Bangladesh.
HG President Thijs Hendrix told Bangladesh Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal about his wish to invest in the South Asian country.
Ambassador Belal, along with Counselor of the Embassy, visited Hendrix Genetics at the invitation of the company and discussed about potential area of cooperation, the embassy said on Thursday.
He appraised Hendrix about Bangladesh’s recent economic growth, geo-strategic location, and vast consumers with a vibrant middle-class population that could be served as the key elements to consider Bangladesh as Hendrix’s next investment destination.
Hendrix Genetics, a multi-species animal breeding, genetics and technology company, was established in 1991. It is engaged in high-tech research and services in sectors ranging from poultry, meat, fish and aquaculture.
It has breeding programmes in turkeys, layers, guinea fowl, salmon, shrimp and trout. With over 3,500 employees, HG runs breeding centers in the Netherlands, France, and Canada.
Currently, Hendrix Genetics has a turnover of about 1.2 to 1.5 million Euro from the Bangladeshi market and supplies about 250,000 – 300,000 parent stock chicks per year. HG is first company who has sold Hybrid Commercial Turkey to Bangladesh. In addition to that, HG has very recently started to sell HG Sasso colour chicken in Bangladesh as well.
Now, they are exploring a project to bring about a qualitative change in Bangladesh’s shrimp industry using their cutting-edge research and innovations. Their ultimate goal is to provide Bangladesh with high quality shrimp genetics in the form of pathogen-free, genetically-improved shrimp broodstock.
During the meeting, Ambassador Belal apprised Hendrix about the upcoming visit of a high-level business delegation from Bangladesh with focus on fishing and aquaculture from February 26-28.
In cooperation with Dutch partners, the embassy will host a seminar on February 27 for the delegation and invited Hendrix and their partners to join the seminar which they happily accepted.
HG is also considering a MoU on shrimp sector development with the Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF) during the visit of the delegation.
The ambassador hoped that investment of Hendrix Genetics in Bangladesh would open up a new era for Bangladesh's shrimp, poultry and aquaculture sector and thus help in meeting the demand of protein of the people of Bangladesh.
After visiting the Hendrix Genetics, Mayor of the Boxmeer Karel Van Soest received Ambassador Belal in his municipality along with members of his cabinet.
Ambassador Belal briefed the Mayor of Boxmeer and his cabinet about the ongoing development spree in the country and invited them to visit Bangladesh and see how investment from the Netherlands would allow them to have more social value in Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee, who has been critical of the Myanmar government’s failure to pursue democratic reforms, has welcomed the establishment of a parliamentary committee to amend the “problematic” constitution.
“The establishment of this committee is a positive development that I hope will aid Myanmar to truly transition to democracy,” she said.
Yanghee Lee said the people wish the constitution to be amended, and she encourages the new joint committee to carry out their will, according to a message received from Geneva.
The ruling National League for Democracy party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, pledged to amend the constitution during its 2015 national election campaign, which it won by a landslide.
Myanmar’s 2008 constitution was drafted by the previous military government and has been a key stumbling point in the country’s ability to move from decades of military rule towards democracy.
It reserves 25 percent of the seats in parliament to members of the military, as well as designating military control of the Ministries of Home Affairs, Defence Services and Border Affairs.
“The current constitution is not democratic, and Myanmar cannot be considered a democracy without it being amended,” the Special Rapporteur said.
Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) – UNHCR special envoy and Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie has said the world must not turn away from the nearly 1 million Rohingyas who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
Jolie, who left here early Thursday concluding her Bangladesh visit, also sought continued support for those who have been displaced, until the Myanmar authorities show the genuine commitment needed to end a decades-long cycle of violence and displacement.
The special envoy’s visit came just ahead of a new funding appeal, the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP), to be launched next week by UNHCR, along with other humanitarian agencies, said the UN refugee agency on Thursday.
It seeks to raise more than US$920 million to assist Rohingya refugees and affected local communities this year.
The special envoy for the UN refugee agency held official meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday.
During the meetings, she expressed UNHCR’s gratitude to the people and government of Bangladesh for their generosity in receiving over 7 lakh Rohingyas since August 2017.
Jolie reiterated UNHCR’s support for collective efforts to enable Rohingyas to live dignified lives in Bangladesh and the pursuit of lasting solutions.
She also raised concerns that without an urgent expansion and strengthening of educational opportunities, the future of a generation of Rohingya children would be at risk.
While in Dhaka, Jolie also visited two museums – the Liberation War Museum and the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum – where she viewed exhibitions about the country’s history, including its own experience of large-scale displacement.
Jolie began her three-day visit on Monday in Chakmarkul and Kutupalong Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, where she heard testimonies from Rohingya women, children and men who have endured a lifetime of persecution and discrimination.
There she witnessed some of the remarkable humanitarian response efforts to date, including a registration process, led jointly by the government and UNHCR that is providing many refugees with a legal identity for the first time.
She also visited a transit centre for newly arrived refugees and a hospital giving much-needed care and support to women and girls.
While recognising such achievements, Jolie also observed the limited education available to refugee children.
She urged efforts to ensure they can gain access to formal education that leads to recognised qualifications.
On Tuesday, the special envoy held a press conference in Kutupalong, the world’s largest and most densely populated refugee settlement.
She said until the Rohingya refugees can voluntarily return home to Myanmar, all have a collective responsibility to ensure that they can continue to live dignified lives in Bangladesh.
The special envoy focuses on major forced displacement crises, representing UNHCR and the High Commissioner at the diplomatic level.
This was her first visit to Bangladesh. Jolie has also met forcibly displaced Rohingya people during a prior visit to Myanmar in July 2015 and in India in November 2006.
Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) - Vietnam has offered a new contribution of US $50,000 to support United Nations World Food Programme (WFP )operations in Cox’s Bazar.
The contribution was announced by Special Envoy of Prime Minister, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nguyen Quoc Dzung, during a visit to Bangladesh, says WFP on Thursday.
“Although this is a modest contribution, we are hopeful that our support will advance the response to this crisis situation,” he said.
WFP in Bangladesh on Thursday welcomed the contributions.
“We are very grateful to Viet Nam for stepping up to assist people living in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps,” said Richard Ragan, WFP Representative and Country Director.
“This remains a serious humanitarian emergency, and continued support from the international community is vital if we are to keep providing the humanitarian assistance that is so badly needed.”
This is Viet Nam’s first contribution to WFP operations in Bangladesh.
They join dozens of other states who have pledged their support to the Cox’s Bazar response since the August 2017 refugee influx.
In Cox’s Bazar, WFP provides food assistance to more than 870,000 refugees per month.
WFP also supports nutrition and livelihoods interventions in the host community, supporting the most vulnerable people.
Sustained support from the international community is necessary to continue WFP operations in Bangladesh, WFP said.
Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reaffirmed India’s commitment to work with Bangladesh to build on the existing momentum during the new term in office of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
"Bangladesh-India relations have been on an upward trajectory in the last few years," he said when Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen met him in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Modi mentioned that the partnership between Bangladesh and India is flourishing under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He reaffirmed India’s sincere commitment to Bangladesh’s prosperity and development, according to the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.
Modi viewed that the Bangladesh-India relation is a model between the two neighbouring countries which needs to be showcased for wider audience around the world.
While thanking Prime Minister Modi for India's humanitarian assistance to Rohingyas, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister requested India’s support for early repatriation of the Rohingys to Rakhine State of Myanmar.
Prime Minister Modi reiterated that India is always with Bangladesh and assured of India’s cooperation in this regard.
The Prime Minister congratulated Dr Momen on his appointment as the Foreign Minister.
He appreciated Dr Momen's gesture of selecting India as the destination for his first foreign visit, according to the Press Information Bureau (PIB) of India.
Dr Momen briefed the Prime Minister on recent development in the bilateral relationship.
Indian Prime Minister Modi was the first among the global leaders to congratulate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after her party Awami League’s absolute victory in the December-30 general election.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen conveyed the greetings of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He also conveyed her appreciation to Prime Minister Modi for extending congratulations upon the victory of Awami League in the parliamentary elections, held in December 2018 as the first foreign leader.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen expressed his satisfaction over the excellent bilateral relations that exist between the two countries which have grown and prospered, especially with the statesmanship of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Modi.
He stressed that Bangladesh would continue her resolve in further strengthening and deepening her relations with India in the coming days.
He recalled that the two countries amicably resolved the longstanding problems which is much appreciated by the respective peoples.
The Foreign Minister mentioned about the remarkable progress Bangladesh has achieved during the last few years in the socio-economic sectors under the Awami League government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He also elaborated on the road map of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to realise the dream of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to build Bangladesh as Sonar Bangla.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen also met former Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Dr Anand Sharma.
He conveyed greetings of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Dr Manmohan Singh.
They expressed satisfaction at the excellent state of bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India.
Dr Manmohan conveyed congratulations to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for being elected as the Prime Minister for the third time.
He noted that thecearly repatriation of Rohingyas is a priority and assured that they will be supporting the government of India in any initiative to expedite repatriation of Rohingyas to Rakhine State.
He hoped that both the countries would be able to resolve the remaining outstanding issues between the two countries, including the Teesta Water sharing soon.
5th JCC Meet Friday
Foreign Minister Dr Momen is visiting New Delhi on his maiden official tour abroad as the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh to attend the 5th meeting of India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission on Friday.
Dr Momen and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will lead Bangladesh and Indian delegations respectively at the 5th JCC meeting.
Bangladesh and India have planned to sign five MoUs during the next round of foreign minister-level bilateral talks on Friday, aiming to take the relations between the two countries to a newer height, an official told UNB.
The documents that are likely to be signed are MoU between the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh and the National Medical Plants Board, India on cooperation in the field of medicinal plants, MoU between National Centre for Good Governance, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India and Ministry of Public Administration, Bangladesh on tanning and capacity building programme for Bangladesh Civil Servants and MoU between Hiranandani Group and Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) for developing Indian Economic Zone in Mongla, Bangladesh.
Two more MoUs between Bangladesh’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Prasar Bharti of India are also planned to be signed.
The 5th JCC meeting will review the progress made in areas such as trade and investment, security, connectivity, border management, power, energy, shipping, people-to-people exchanges, apart from Rohingya issue, said a diplomatic source.
The two countries will also discuss the common challenges and find ways on how the two friendly countries along with other like-minded nations can continue fighting the scourge of terrorism, extremism and radicalisation, the source indicates.
Dr Momen will leave New Delhi for Dhaka on Saturday morning after wrapping up his first foreign tour as Foreign Minister.
The 4th Joint Consultative Commission between Bangladesh and India, led by former Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj respectively, was held in October 2017.