Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni has said Bangladesh and China can cooperate stronger in policy, infrastructure, trade, financial, and people-to-people connectivity.
"Two countries will work together to push Bangladesh-China relations to a new height," she said while speaking as the chief guest at the report launching programme on the Belt and Road Initiative in Bangladesh on Thursday night.
Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Yao Wen, Additional Secretary and Wing Chief of ERD Md. Anwar Hossain, Executive Member of BIDA Dr. Khandoker Azizul Islam, Secretary General of BCCCI Al Mamun Mridha, Vice President of BGMEA Md. Shahidullah Azim and Economic Reporters Forum President Refayet Ullah Mirdha, among others, were present.
Bangladesh is the first country in South Asia to join the Belt and Road Initiative.
In the past seven years, the Belt and Road Initiative has injected impetus into Bangladesh's economic growth, and improved the livelihood of Bangladeshi people, said Ambassador Yao.
Looking ahead, the Belt and Road Initiative will continue to unleash strong vitality and become a road of opportunity and prosperity for China and Bangladesh, he said.
On policy connectivity, the leaders of the two countries have provided strong political guidance for China-Bangladesh relations.
On infrastructure connectivity, he said China has built 12 roads, 21 bridges and 27 power and energy projects in Bangladesh, and Chinese companies have created more than 550 thousand jobs in Bangladesh.
In the fourth quarter of this year, the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel, and the first section of the Padma Bridge Railway Link project will be opened to traffic, said Ambassador Yao.
On trade connectivity, he said China has been Bangladesh's largest trading partner for 12 consecutive years.
Since Bangladesh joined the Belt and Road Initiative in 2016, bilateral trade has grown from 15.3 billion US dollars to 27.8 billion US dollars in 2022, which is the highest in the history.
"China will continue to promote the sustained and balanced development of bilateral trade, expidite the export of mango and other high-quality agricultural products to China," said the Ambassador.
He said China will also advance the negotiation of free trade agreement with Bangladesh, make good use of platforms such as the CIIE, help diversify Bangladesh’s export market and assist Bangladesh in graduation from LDC.
Ambassador Yao said the Belt and Road Initiative serves as a platform for China to construct the community with a shared future for mankind.