Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commissioner to Singapore Md Mustafizur Rahman has said Bangladeshi doctors have earned good name and fame for Bangladesh abroad through their professional excellence, hard work and dedication.
He urged the Bangladeshi doctors to utilise their working experience in Singapore, professional expertise and application of the latest technologies for the development of the health sector in Bangladesh.
While addressing a function at the High Commission auditorium recently, the High Commissioner also said they can play an important role in portraying a positive image of the country to foreigners.
Bangladesh High Commission in Singapore organised the event titled ‘Networking with Bangladeshi Doctors in Singapore,’ said the Commission on Tuesday.
A total of 21 Bangladeshi doctors working in different hospitals of Singapore attended the networking event along with their families.
In the interactive session, many doctors said they are facing serious challenges in obtaining Singapore Permanent Residency which in turn is affecting their professional growth, residency, job and training opportunities.
They requested the High Commission to take initiatives to resolve the issue as well as help them get more job opportunities in Singapore.
The High Commissioner assured them of broaching up the concerns of Bangladeshi doctors with the Singapore authority.
The doctors appreciated the initiative of the High Commission for arranging such a networking event for Bangladeshi doctors and their families in Singapore, which they hoped would strengthen the bond of fraternity among the doctors and help them work united way for their cause.
Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) - Bangladesh will remain a priority market for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in 2019 despite infrastructure stakeholders’ concerns about inflationary pressures and their projected depreciation of the taka, said a new report released on Tuesday.
According to the inaugural Asian Infrastructure Finance report, there continue to be significant infrastructure investment opportunities across Asia, including in Bangladesh, despite current market uncertainty and short-term challenges.
In contrast to other countries in the report, a marginal reduction in infrastructure borrowing costs over the next 12 months is expected in Bangladesh due to a more competitive domestic financing environment.
In other words, lending spreads are expected to narrow as the financial sector strengthens, due to more long-term lenders in the market.
However, currency volatility could affect project financing, although multilateral development banks are expected to help with the hedging challenge.
“Bangladesh is a fast-growing economy and its improving economic conditions present a great opportunity to address infrastructure shortfalls,” said AIIB Vice President Policy and Strategy Joachim von Amsberg.
“We remain committed to working with the Bangladeshi government and other partners to identify infrastructure projects that are financially sound and have the potential for significant economic impact.”
AIIB is actively reviewing several projects in the transport, energy and water sectors including the Mymensingh Kewatkhali Bridge Project and the Sylhet to Tamabil Road Upgradation Project.
To date, AIIB’s Board of Directors has approved up to USD 274 million for three projects in the energy sector.
As governments grapple with the need for macroeconomic stabilisation and sustaining a high level of infrastructure investment to meet growing demands, AIIB is developing strategies to help its members respond to short and long-term challenges in infrastructure development.
“There’s a growing awareness of Bangladesh’s economic potential,” said AIIB Principal Economist Dr Jang Ping Thia. “Improving on construction costs and project implementation would further accelerate private sector investments.”
The AIIB is a multilateral development bank with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia.
Headquartered in Beijing, the bank began its operations in January 2016 and has now grown to 93 approved members worldwide.
Asian Infrastructure Finance features contributions from more than 40 industry experts across banking, financial services, project and infrastructure finance, multilateral development banks, energy and transport.
This inaugural report features benchmarks in three areas—infrastructure financing volume, infrastructure financing cost and road construction costs—to provide a snapshot of the health and direction of project financing in eight markets: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia and Turkey.
Dhaka, Jan 27 (UNB) – Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett hosted a reception on Monday evening, marking ‘Australia Day 2019’.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid attended the reception held at Australian High Commission Recreation Centre here as the chief guest.
Senior government officials, diplomats stationed in Dhaka, civil society representatives, businesspeople, cultural personalities and journalists were present.
Speaking on the occasion, State Minister Nasrul Hamid and the Australian High Commissioner highlighted the growing relationship between Bangladesh and Australia.
The two-way trade now stands at over $2bn, reflecting Bangladesh’s significant economic growth and Australia’s highly complementary commercial strengths, according to the Australian High Commission here.
Some 30,000 Bangladeshi-born people live in Australia, and the community has been growing strongly in recent years.
The relationship - forged by family, business, education - and by shared love for cricket – is striking, the two countries believe.
Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) - President of Incheon Support Centre for Foreign Workers Kim Jae Eup has assured Bangladeshi workers in South Korea to resolve their difficulties, if any, by engaging with them intensely through counseling and other methods.
He also encouraged them to learn different skills, offered by the centre free of charge, to adapt to this country.
Kim Jae was addressing a seminar titled ‘Seminar for Bangladeshi EPS Workers on Do's and Don'ts while staying in Korea’ jointly organised by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Seoul and Incheon Support Centre for Foreign Workers in the Incheon Metropolitan City of the Republic of Korea recently, said the Embassy on Monday.
Bangladesh Ambassador to South Korea Abida Islam, first secretary (Labour) Mokima Begum, Representative of HRD Korea Kim Hyeon Saeng and Team Director of HRD Korea Yun A Sun were present during the seminar.
Before the start of the seminar, 73 Bangladesh EPS (Employment Permit System) workers filled out the job application forms provided by HRD Korea, which will facilitate their employment in Korean companies based in Bangladesh upon their return on completion of their tenure here.
Ambassador Abida Islam thanked the Incheon Support Centre for their support and hoped to profoundly engage with HRD Korea in organising such events in the future, said the Bangladesh Embassy on Monday.
Dhaka, Jan 27 (UNB) – Bangladesh has sought China’s “strong support” so that Myanmar moves in the right direction for resolving Rohingya crisis as Myanmar is not working to create conditions for the return for Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine.
During her recent visit to Bangladesh, UN’s human rights expert on Myanmar Yanghee Lee said it is evident that Myanmar is not working to create conditions for the return of Rohingyas but is engaging in a sustained campaign of violence, intimidation and harassment.
While appreciating Chinese humanitarian assistance for the displaced people of Rakhine State, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday sought China’s support when Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo met the minister at his office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
Ambassador Zhang said China is willing to play a “constructive role” in realising repatriation of displaced people and will maintain close communication with Bangladesh and Myanmar to find a practical solution to the crisis.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen urged the Ambassador to take effective measures for speedy implementation of projects funded by China’s development assistance, according to MoFA.
Chinese Ambassador stated measures taken by Chinese government to reduce the trade gap between Bangladesh and China and increasing level of Chinese investment in Bangladesh for the development of industries.
Ambassador Zhang expects deeper engagement with the Foreign Minister to take the China-Bangladesh bilateral relations to a newer height.
He expressed his commitment to work with the government of Bangladesh to implement the decisions reached through consensus between two leaders of China and Bangladesh during President of China Xi Jinping’s visit to Bangladesh in October 2016.
The Ambassador wished to strengthen practical cooperation between two countries and accelerate implementation of the projects for common development and prosperity under Belt and Road Initiative.
Ambassador Zhang underlined the importance of the bilateral consultation mechanisms to steer the practical cooperation between the two countries.
The Foreign Minister emphasized economic diplomacy and acknowledged contribution of China to Bangladesh’s economic development.
He expressed gratitude to China for signing 27 agreements and MoUs worth billions of dollar investment, during Xi Jinping’s visit to Bangladesh in 2016 when bilateral relationship was elevated to strategic partnership.