Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming on Friday visited the ‘Ekushey Book Fair 2020’ and interacted with readers, including children, at China Book House.
The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Bangladesh and Bangladesh Bureau, China Media Group jointly set up the pavilion at the Ekushey Book Fair for the first time.
Zha Mingwei of the cultural section of the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka was, among others, present during Ambassador Jiming’s visit to the fair in the afternoon.
Among the books, Xi Jinping: The Governance of China, China’s Culture, China in the next 30 Years, Healthy China: 1949-2019, Where is China Going, Studying in China, China Creative Digest and Chalkbazar to China (written in Bengali), among others, attracted the visitors most in the fair that began on February 2.
Global leaders have praised the government of Bangladesh for its commitment and measures to fight the adverse impacts of climate change.
They showered praise on Bangladesh and its leadership during the board meeting of Global Center on Adaptation held in Paris on Thursday, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here on Friday.
They also lauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen for successfully holding its last meeting of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) in Dhaka.
Dr Momen, during the meeting, urged the global community for special focus on South Asian region while allocating funds and programs for its extreme vulnerabilities to climate change.
He put emphasis on the need for technology transfer, recognizing local based solution and innovation and public awareness for combating the menace of climate change.
Dr Momen also gave an account of the activities that Bangladesh has undertaken to adapt to the harmful impacts of climate change, including developing flood, drought and salinity resistant seeds, harvesting rainwater, rooftop gardening, introducing boat-schools, floating agriculture, trust fund from own resources etc.
The discussion in the meeting broadly centered around the ways and means to bring back the issue of adaptation to the mainstream of climate negotiation and funding strategies for ensuring accelerated adaptability against climate change through forming effective partnerships among public, private and philanthropic entities.
The meeting also discussed the governance issues of the newly formed organization and the proposed regional offices.
The regional office of GCA for South Asia will be located in Dhaka.
The Foreign Minister was invited to be a board member of the newly formed Global Center on Adaptation due to spectacular record of Bangladesh in terms of climate adaptation and disaster management.
World leaders who have been vocal on the issue of climate change were present in the meeting, which includes former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Ministers from the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden and Mayors from Paris, Rotterdam and Miami.
China, Philippines and Bangladesh were invited to be board members from Asia.
On Friday, Dr Momen had discussions on the Presidency of Bangladesh of the Climate Vulnerable Forum and the projected programs and actions during the presidency.
He also discussed the modalities of the soon-to-be-established Dhaka regional office of GCA with the officials of the GCA headquarters.
A symposium titled 'Bangladesh and Nordic Countries: Prognosis for Partnership’ will be held at Six Seasons Hotel in the city on Saturday.
Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh Winnie Estrup Petersen, Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh Sidsel Bleken and Swedish Ambassador to Charlotta Schlyter are the speakers of the symposium which will begin at 10am.
Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Principal Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, will chair and conduct the symposium. Cosmos Foundation Chairman Enayetullah Khan will deliver welcome remarks.
Cosmos Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Cosmos Group, will organise the symposium as part of Cosmos Dialogue Ambassadors’ Lecture Series.
Foreign affairs experts and senior journalists will attend the event.
The 27th annual ‘US Trade Show’ began in the city on Thursday, eyeing new business partnerships and advancing new trade and investment deals between the two countries.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun inaugurated the three-day annual trade show at Sonargaon Hotel along with Chargé d' affaires (CDA) at US Embassy in Dhaka JoAnne Wagner, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) Md Sirazul Islam and American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh President Syed Ershad Ahmed.
The Industries Minister highlighted the ease of doing business in Bangladesh and investment opportunities that Bangladesh offers for foreign investors.
He said the bilateral trade between the two countries is growing gradually with a decline in trade gap.
The two-way trade between the United States and Bangladesh totalled $9 billion in 2019, more than double the amount of 10 years ago, and US exports to Bangladesh reached $2.3 billion.
Forty-eight exhibitors operating in Bangladesh, including in the energy, agro-mechanization, and food and beverage sectors, and more, are displaying the products and services of over 100 US brands, according to the US Embassy in Dhaka.
Wagner said the trade show, jointly organised by the AmCham and the US Embassy, comes at an important moment for Bangladesh-US trade and investment ties.
“US companies bring cutting edge technology, technology transfer, innovation, the highest quality products, integrity in our business practices, support and partnership with Bangladeshi companies, and the power of the private sector to Bangladesh, and that benefits both of our countries – all things we celebrate today at the Trade Show,” she said.
US companies also take their corporate responsibilities seriously, she added, noting the examples of corporate social responsibility projects supported by numerous US firms.
“I hope the Trade Show this weekend facilitates new business partnerships and advances new trade and investment deals. It underscores the importance of the United States and the U.S. private sector’s commitment to doing business in Bangladesh, and bringing responsible business practices and community outreach to the table,” Wagner said.
During the Trade Show, the US Embassy will host four informational seminars.
On Friday, Embassy officials will discuss the process for various US visas, including business, investor, and work visas, at 4pm followed by a session at 5:15pm on studying in the United States and the free consultative education services provided by the U.S. Embassy through its EducationUSA Advising Centers across Bangladesh.
On Saturday, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will lead a discussion on “Private Sector Opportunities in Bangladesh” at 3pm and at 5pm officials from the U.S. government and representatives from the private sector will discuss “America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision.”
The Trade Show will conclude with a sales contract signing between US firm DSC Dredge and Bangladeshi firm Deep Diggers, bringing superb American-made dredges to Bangladesh while supporting local jobs and opportunities.
US Embassy Dhaka’s participation in the annual US Trade Show demonstrates U.S. commitment to supporting Bangladesh’s continued economic growth and development and a strong partnership to help ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region, promoting market-based economics and free, fair, and reciprocal trade principles, said the Embassy.
The five-day second ‘Medical First Responder Seminar (MFRS) 2020’ ended in Amtali, Barisal Division on Thursday.
The Medical First Responder Seminar (MFRS) is one of the many initiatives of the US government to promote greater cooperation, dialogue, and mutual understanding between Bangladesh and the United States, encouraging a strong partnership and helping to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
Thirty officers from seven Fire Service and Civil Defense (FSCD) stations throughout Barisal Division engaged in a variety of activities during the five-day seminar including hands-on practical exercises.
Additionally, all attendees received an emergency first-aid kit with medical supplies sourced from Bangladeshi companies.
Such seminars, conducted by the US Embassy in Dhaka from February 23, strengthen the capacity of FSCD officers, who serve as first responders during medical emergency and natural disaster situations and highlight the US government’s commitment to Bangladesh’s national security and the important security relationship between the United States and Bangladesh, said the Embassy in a press release.
Two of the three instructors for the seminar participated in a similar MFRS for Bangladesh Police in January.
They helped conduct the seminar as part of a “train the trainer” initiative aimed at increasing Bangladesh security services’ capacity to train and equip their own personnel.
One such participant-cum-trainer applied his new skills shortly after completing the January seminar when he responded to what he assessed to be a grease or gas fire and correctly smothered the fire using nearby sand.
The seminar provided an opportunity for FSCD and Bangladesh police to train together and learn from each other, said the US Embassy.
Future MFRS seminars will further expand this opportunity to other law enforcement and security service-related agencies throughout Bangladesh, it said.