British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson has said foreign direct investment, including from the UK, would be very important for helping both Bangladesh and the UK economies recover from the Covid pandemic.
While speaking at a virtual meeting, he said the UK firms operating in Bangladesh could be effective brand ambassadors for the country but ease of doing business had to improve substantially to attract more UK companies.
The British High Commissioner thought the fundamentals of Bangladesh economy were still sound even though it was being badly affected by COVID-19.
He believed UK businesses, which were well known for being innovative, could seek trade opportunities here.
The British High Commissioner on Monday co-hosted a virtual event with Md Mahbub ur Rahman, the Chairman of the British Business Group connecting Md. Sirazul Islam, Executive Chairman of the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority, and Saida Muna Tasneem, Bangladesh High Commissioner in London.
Bangladesh has urged the United States to invest in Bangladesh's health sector under their IDFC Fund.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen made the request during a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Monday, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here on Tuesday.
Dr Momen also sought US investment in economic zones (EZs) saying Bangladesh wants to see diversification in foreign investment.
He said investment in Hi-Tech Parks and ICT sector in Bangladesh will be profitable for the US due to availability of skilled work forces.
Dr Momen also sought duty-free access of Bangladeshi RMG products to the US market for two years.
He said RMG workers, mainly women, have fallen into uncertainty as buyers from various countries including the US cancelled orders from Bangladesh.
The Foreign Minister urged the US Secretary of State to handover Rashed Chowdhury, killer of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to executive the court verdict.
Secretary Pompeo appreciated Bangladesh for advancing to Tier-2 in the Trafficking in Persons report released recently.
Dr Momen laid emphasis on partnership and mutual cooperation as the COVID-19 pandemic puts the ghe world into total uncertainty.
During the conversation, Bangladesh and the United States renewed commitments to support the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingyas to Myanmar.
The two countries discussed the importance of transparency and access to information for long-term economic stability and sustainable development, according to US Department of State.
Pompeo spoke to reaffirm the importance of the Bangladesh-US relationship and discussed continued cooperation to address the COVID-19 pandemic, according to US Department of State.
Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Momen reviewed the more than $43 million in COVID-19 assistance that the United States has provided thus far to Bangladesh and discussed Bangladesh’s critical role in the international response to the pandemic by manufacturing emergency medical and protective supplies.
Secretary Pompeo commended Foreign Minister Momen for Bangladesh’s continued generosity in hosting Rohingya refugees, said Spokesperson at US Department of State Morgan Ortagus.
The United States has contributed nearly $820 million in humanitarian assistance for the Rohingya crisis, most of which is for programs within Bangladesh.
President of UNICEF Executive Board and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Rabab Fatima has said access to online and distance learning universally should be a top priority now.
“Distance learning for a large majority of children in the developing countries remains a challenge due to lack of access to digital platforms and internet connectivity and only about 30% have access," she said.
Commending the UNICEF for their dedicated and courageous efforts globally in handling the pandemic crisis and standing by the children of the world, Ambassador Fatima opened the first ever virtual Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board on Monday in New York.
As the President of the Executive Board of UNICEF, Ambassador Fatima urged the UNICEF to ensure that its pandemic response and recovery programmes complement and support the governments in the programme countries without compromising its regular mandated programmes.
Highlighting on the grim realities facing many countries, especially the lower income countries, the LDCs, and in Africa in the face of the Pandemic, Ambassador Fatima said, “ Even the simple task of ‘hand washing’ is a challenge for many children as they have no access to water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure”.
She also underscored the rising risks of outbreaks of preventable diseases such as cholera, polio, and measles due to the suspension or scaling down of UNICEF’s vaccination programmes because of the pandemic.
Terming the COVID-19 pandemic as a ‘litmus test’ for the UN system, UNICEF Executive Board President Ambassador Fatima stressed the importance of UNICEF’s response and recovery work to be in sync with the other UN agencies.
In this regard, she reiterated support of the Executive Board in providing strategic guidance and mobilizing greater international support for the organization. She also encouraged all to continue their generous assistance to the organization in its core areas of function.
The opening session was addressed, among others, by Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director who gave a comprehensive overview of the works of, as well as the challenges faced by, the UNICEF, said the Bangladesh Mission in the UN on Tuesday.
This was followed by country statements from Permanent Representatives and delegates from member states across the world.
Chinese government has donated more medical logistics to Bangladesh to fight the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
F M Borhan Uddin, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, received the medical logistics at the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka on Monday, said a press release.
The medical supplies includes– nine High-flow heated respiratory humidifiers, 18 High-flow heated respiratory humidifiers Solution-A, 18 High-flow heated respiratory humidifiers Solution-B, and nine High-flow heated respiratory humidifiers Shelf.
Representatives of the health directorate and Chinese Embassy here were also present.
Earlier on June 21, China said Bangladesh will get priority in terms of cooperation and support if they can successfully develop a vaccine for the coronavirus.
"Of course, Bangladesh is our important friend and Bangladesh will surely get priority," said Deputy Chief of Mission at Chinese Embassy in Dhaka Hualong Yan.
Earlier, a ten-member Chinese medical expert team visited designated hospitals, quarantine centres, and testing centres in Bangladesh.
They discussed the epidemics with Bangladeshi counterparts, and made calibrated propositions for containment and treatment.
Bangladesh and the United States have renewed commitments to support the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingyas to Myanmar.
The two countries discussed the importance of transparency and access to information for long-term economic stability and sustainable development.
US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo spoke with Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday and discussed the issues.
Pompeo spoke to reaffirm the importance of the Bangladesh-US relationship and discussed continued cooperation to address the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the US Department of State.
Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Momen reviewed the more than $43 million in COVID-19 assistance that the US has provided thus far to Bangladesh and discussed Bangladesh’s critical role in the international response to the pandemic by manufacturing emergency medical and protective supplies.
Secretary Pompeo commended Foreign Minister Momen for Bangladesh’s continued generosity in hosting Rohingya refugees, said Spokesperson at Department of State Morgan Ortagus.
The US has contributed nearly $820 million in humanitarian assistance for the Rohingya crisis, most of which is for programmes within Bangladesh.