Dhaka, Mar 17 (UNB) - Japanese Ambassador here Hiroyasu Izumi on Sunday expressed shock at the loss of lives of Bangladeshis in the atrocious terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.
He also expressed sympathy for the family members of the victims.
“Terrorism can’t be justified for any reason, under any circumstance,” the Japanese Ambassador wrote to Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen in a message of condolences on behalf of the government of Japan and its people.
In close cooperation with Bangladesh and the international community, the envoy said, Japan expresses determination to stand up against terrorism and to overcome this difficult time.
On Saturday, Ambassador Izumi verbally conveyed to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina the condolences from Japan to Bangladeshi victims of the terrorist attacks, according to Japanese Embassy in Dhaka.
Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB)-The bilateral trade between Bangladesh and China, which amounted to $12.4 billion in 2017-2018, is expected to reach $18 billion mark by 2021, economists said.
President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Osama Taseer said it when Ambassador of China to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo visited the DCCI auditorium in the capital on Saturday.
According to a press release, Taseer said Bangladesh’s “Look East” Policy is essentially designed to open up new avenues of cooperation with China and the ASEAN region urging Chinese FDI in “RMG product diversification” and allied transfer of technology.
He also urged the world’s second largest economy for quick implementation of duty free, quota free market access to Bangladesh.
Zhang Zuo said China has recently passed the new foreign investment law which is more open and flexible for foreign investors. In 2017-18 Chinas’s FDI to Bangladesh increased and China has invested more in Bangladesh than any other countries.
China is one of the largest partners in mega infrastructure projects in Bangladesh, said Zao adding that about 200 large Chinese companies and 200 Chinese SMEs are in operation in Bangladesh.
He also looks Bangladesh’s vast potentials in fields of blue and coastal economy.
The Chinese Ambassador invited DCCI members to attend the Shanghai Import and Export Fair 2019 in November.
DCCI’s Senior Vice President Waqar Ahmad Choudhury, Vice President Imran Ahmed, Directors Andaleeb Hasan, Alhaj Deen Mohammed, Enamul Haque Patwary, Hossain A Sikder, Engr. Md. Al Amin, Mohammad Bashiruddin, Nuher L. Khan, Shams Mahmud and S.M. Zillur Rahman were present there.
Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB) – Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Saturday celebrated the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day in the city.
Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujon attended the celebrations as the chief guest held at city’s IDEB Bhaban auditorium.
High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das gave an overview of the capacity-building courses offered under the programme and emphasised the contribution of these courses to bringing the peoples of both the countries together.
Around 300 ITEC alumni from all walks of life attended the event and some of them shared their training experiences in India.
A short cultural programme was also held.
The ITEC programme was instituted in 1964 as part of India's Development Assistance Programme within the framework of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation and the South-South cooperative strategy, offering developing countries the benefit of India's development experience and appropriate technologies.
Every year, over 10,000 training slots are offered to 161 partner countries for training courses in various areas like Accounts, Audit, Management, SME, Rural Development, Parliamentary Affairs, etc.
Over 3,800 young Bangladeshi professionals have undergone such specialised short and medium term courses in India under the ITEC programme since 2007, according to Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB) - State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Saturday said Bangladesh will engage with the world in a bigger way doing everything on diplomatic fronts to take the country to the next stage of development with more trade and cutting dependency on aid.
“Bangladesh is ready for business. Bangladesh is attracting investment,” he said mentioning the country’s engagement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, India and other countries on trade and investment fronts with much focus on economic diplomacy.
Shahriar said Bangladesh, over the last few years, witnessed visits of trade delegations tagged with each high-level bilateral visit to Bangladesh that shows the country is ready for expanding business.
Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) arranged the dialogue titled “Bangladesh Diplomacy @50: Engaging the World” at the auditorium of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), marking its 21st anniversary.
BIISS Chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad and former Foreign Secretary Md Touhid Hossain spoke at the dialogue attended also by Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque with DCAB President Raheed Ejaz in the chair.
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Senior Research Fellow Towfiqul Islam Khan presented a paper on ‘Bangladesh’s Priorities in Economic Diplomacy’ at the dialogue conducted by DCAB General Secretary Narul Islam Hasib.
The state minister said every country needs to find its own equilibrium and mentioned that Bangladesh is a significant player in the region.
He laid emphasis on capacity-building, saying Bangladesh will focus on all fronts of diplomatic engagements and every aspect of global affairs as it is moving towards becoming a developed country by 2041.
“The Foreign Ministry will further expedite its efforts,” Shahriar said, adding that challenges will be there but those can be overcome if the intention remains good with much focus on people’s wellbeing.
He said Bangladesh opened around 17 missions abroad over the last 10 years while it has a plan to open 10 more in the next five years.
About the Rohingya issue, the state minister said Bangladesh needs to move on without confining it to one single issue as it has many more to deal with.
Highlighting Bangladesh’s meaningful engagement with Myanmar and the world, he said Bangladesh is on the right track and no country will get any chance to criticise it over the issue as they did not get in the past.
“We’ve not failed,” he said, adding that the entire world is with Bangladesh.
Towfiqul Islam focused on investment issues and laid emphasis on engaging the private sector and promoting joint venture.
He also talked about comprehensive economic partnership agreement and having bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Earlier, the state minister along with founding members of DCAB cut a cake marking the 21st anniversary of the association, and launched its official website.
The DCAB honoured its five founding members - Barta24.com Editor-in-Chief Alamgir Hossain, Kaler Kantho Executive Editor Mostofa Kamal, Bhorer Kagoj Editor Shyamal Dutta, senior journalists - Anis Alamgir and Aman Ud Dowla -- at the function where they shared their memories with DCAB since its inception.
The state minister handed over crests to DCAB founding members.
At the very beginning of the programme, the guests, senior journalists and DCAB members observed a one-minute silence paying homage to the victims of Friday’s terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand during Juma prayers that left 49 people, including two Bangladesh nationals, dead.
Dhaka, Mar 15 (UNB) - The United States Embassy Dhaka community on Friday offered their deepest condolences and sympathies to all those affected by the shootings at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Ambassador Earl R Miller said acts of terror and hate offend common humanity.
"They have no place in the world. We must build together in peace for our children and future generations, wherever we live, however we worship," he said in a message shared on US Embassy Facebook page.
"Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the injured and lost," Miller said.