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Hasan Mahmud hopes Japan will support for South Chattogram’s dev under BIG-B initiative

Staff Reporter:

Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud expressed his optimism that Japan would continue to support the long-term plan for development of Southern Chattogram under the BIG-B initiative to enhance connectivity in the region and beyond.

He reiterated the deep confidence of the people of Bangladesh on the Japanese goods and services.

Hasan emphasised on more Japanese investments in Bangladesh, particularly in the Special Economic Zones in Aaraihazar and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Shilpa Nagar at Mirsarai in Chattogram.

Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs HOSAKA Yasushi met with Foreign Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and discussed the issues.

Hasan thanked the Vice Minister for representing the government of Japan in the ICPD30 Global Dialogue in Dhaka.

He recalled the unwavering Japanese support for the cause of our independence in 1971 as well as the historic official visit of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Japan in October 1973.

The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would like to strengthen the existing strategic partnership between Bangladesh and Japan to further height and engagements, he appraised.

Hasan expressed satisfaction at the good progress of JICA-assisted mega-infrastructure projects, including Matarbari deep seaport, Matarbari Coal Fired Power Plant, Dhaka Metro Rail, etc.

He thanked the government of Japan for the continued efforts towards a durable solution for the safe, sustainable, and dignified return of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals (Rohingyas) to the Rakhine State of Myanmar for peace, stability, and security in the region.

Hasan expressed hope that an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) would be concluded to get Japanese financial concession by 2026 when Bangladesh will be graduated from LDC status.

He thanked Japan for sending the Trade Negotiating Team for EPA which will visit Dhaka from 19-23 May 2024 for the 1st round of Japan-Bangladesh Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Negotiations.

Hasan sought Japan’s assistance in helping Bangladesh develop its ship recycling industry in a safe and sustainable manner. He sought 100 million US dollars assistance for the ship braking industry.

He sought necessary funds through JICA in this regard to expedite the process. The Vice Minister informed that Japan would shortly send a technical expert team in this regard.

The Japanese Vice Minister referred Bangladesh as a country of growing population and booming economy.

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