Tokyo, May 29 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangladesh always had Japan on its side as a trusted friend and partner in materialising the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"In Bangladesh, we’re implementing a series of transformational development initiatives to realise the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to build Sonar Bangla or Golden Bangladesh. And in realising his dream, we always had Japan on our side as our trusted friend and partner," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while speaking at the official dinner hosted by her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at the latter’s residence in Tokyo.
Regarding the bilateral talks that took place earlier at the Japanese Prime Minister's Office, she said it was marked by deep cordiality, understanding and mutual respect.
"We’ve agreed to work together to promote deeper cooperation between our two countries. We’ve identified a number of new areas for collaboration. I’m confident those will provide a further impetus to our growing relations. We also witnessed the signing of 40th ODA loan package," she said.
On Wednesday morning, the Prime Minister said, she attended a meeting with the CEOs of leading Japanese companies who are doing business in Bangladesh.
She mentioned that she was greatly encouraged to see their clear desire to further expand collaboration and break new grounds. "This aspiration is also shared by our business leaders."
Sheikh Hasina said it is always a pleasure for her to be in Japan.
"Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, accompanied by my younger sister and youngest brother had visited Japan in 1973. They carried back fond memories of their visit and the love and affection they received from the people of Japan. Since then, every time I visited Japan, I’m reminded of that warm feelings and lasting impression Japan made on my beloved father and young siblings."
She also mentioned that in her childhood she kept all Japanese dolls, view cards, stamps, calendar, art and other things in her personal collection as treasures.
"I’ll keep all the sweet memories and warm friendly behaviour from last visits to this visit at the deep of my heart. I thank Japan for being with us always."
She invited Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife to visit Bangladesh at their convenient time.
Dhaka, May 29 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday left here for New Delhi to join Indian Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s swearing-in event for his new term.
A special flight (BG 1513) of Bangladesh Biman Airlines carrying the President took off from Hazrat Shahajal International Airport at 5:30pm.
Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Deputy High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Bishwadip Dey, Cabinet Secretary, the chiefs of the three services, the dean of the diplomatic corps and high civil and military officials were present at the airport to see the President off.
Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs of India and High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India will receive the President at the Palam Airport of New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was reelected with a thumping majority for a second term, will take oath at India’s Rashtrapati Bhavan at 7pm on Thursday (local time).
The oath-taking ceremony will be attended by leaders of Bimstec member countries. Bimstec or the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation is a regional grouping of countries on the rim of the Bay of Bengal which include Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to meet President Abdul Hamid at Hyderabad House.
President Abdul Hamid will return home at 5pm on Friday.
Tokyo, May 29 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Wednesday discussed ways to find a durable and early solution to the humanitarian and political crisis that has emanated from the displacement of over a million Rohingya population from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
Hasina said Japan understands that the solution to this crisis lies in the early, safe and dignified return of this displaced people to their homeland of Myanmar.
She said it is necessary for Myanmar to create conducive atmosphere in Rakhine State of Myanmar for the return of the displaced people.
"I thank the Japanese government for its generous support to handle the crisis, and for its efforts to support early repatriation of the displaced people to Myanmar,” Hasina said.
Hasina and Abe reiterated their commitment to take Bangladesh-Japan relations to new a height of cooperation and partnership.
"I’m confident we’ll achieve that much more given the excellent understanding and friendship that exist between our two peoples and our governments," said Hasina while delivering her statement at a joint press meet.
Sheikh Hasina and Abe witnessed the signing of 40th ODA Loan Package of US dollar 2.5 billion to develop infrastructure and promote investment in Bangladesh.
Hasina thanked Abe for this loan package.
Hasina said they have also decided to strengthen mutual cooperation in international platforms to fight against terrorism and violent extremism, mitigating risk emanating from climate change, ensuring denuclearisation to keep children safe and extending support to each other’s efforts to expand the horizon of peace and knowledge.
She said Japan occupies a very special place in the hearts of the people of Bangladesh. "The level of commitment that Japan has been showing since our independence in 1971 is truly remarkable."
Hasina said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dreamt of making Bangladesh a prosperous nation and his vision of development was greatly influenced by the development history of Japan.
"After more than 48 years since our independence in 1971, we can now confidently say we’re moving in the right direction to fulfill that dream. And it’s reassuring to have Japan by our side always," she said.
Hasina said she and Abe discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and agreed on several new ideas to enhance and strengthen the level of cooperation between our two countries.
She said Bangladesh has achieved all the criteria to graduate from the least developed country to developing one and they have set their goal to become a developed country by 2041.
"Prime Minister Abe has assured me that Japan will stand by Bangladesh and extend necessary support to reach that goal," she said.
The two leaders have agreed to explore all possible areas where two countries can find mutually beneficial outcomes.
"Our discussion was greatly focused on enhancing regional connectivity to harness the full potentials of the countries and improving physical infrastructure would be a critical factor to establish effective connectivity," Hasina said.
She said Prime Minister Abe has assured her that Japan will continue to provide assistance to realize that target.
"Considering the importance of developing the Southeast of Bangladesh, we’ve discussed ideas to build quality infrastructures in that region," Hasina said.
"We believe that international trade and flow of investment are key channels to strengthen economic cooperation. We have put special emphasis on regional stability and peace," she added.
Hasina said it is always a pleasure to be here in this beautiful country. "I’m particularly delighted to be here at the advent of the new era, Reiwa, ushering in beautiful harmony."
She extended her warmest felicitations to Emperor Naruhito, Members of the Imperial Family and the Japanese people on the joyous occasion of his enthronement.
"I’m deeply moved by the hospitality that the government of Japan has extended to me and my delegation. My sincere thanks to all the officials of Japan who worked very hard to make my visit smooth and comfortable," she added.
Tokyo, May 29 (UNB) - Bangladesh and Japan on Wednesday signed their 40th ODA deal involving US$ 2.5 billion for implementing four projects to bolster ties between the two countries.
Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Monowar Ahmed and Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Hiroyasu Izumi signed the ODA deal on behalf of their respective sides.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe witnessed the signing at his office.
Four projects, taken under the 40th Official Development Assistance (ODA) package deal, are Matarbari Port Development Project (1), Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project (Line 1), Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Project (II) and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Promotion Financing Project (Phase 2).
Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office and held a bilateral meeting with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
Sheikh Hasina was given guard of honour when she reached the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office.
Briefing reporters, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina put emphasis on developing the Bangladesh-Japan relations to a “strategic level”.
She also sought cooperation in extracting gas hydrate from seabed.
Both the Prime Ministers promised to work together against terrorism and violent extremism, both at the national and international levels.
Sheikh Hasina urged the Japanese Prime Minister to take skilled manpower from Bangladesh as they introduced a new immigration law.
She proposed opening a skill development institute in Bangladesh and taking trained manpower from Bangladesh.
Abe responded very positively in this regard and said officials of the two counties will talk over the matter and decide, said the Foreign Secretary.
Hasina invited her Japanese counterpart to attend the “Mujib Borsho” to be celebrated in 2020 and Abe accepted the invitation saying he will consider positively.
Japan will contest the UN Security Council election which will be held 2022, and Bangladesh will help it in this regard.
Japan also extended its support to Bangladesh candidate for the post of Deputy Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Bangladesh nominated Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque to contest the post earlier.
PM's speech writer Md Nazrul Islam was present during the briefing.
Dhaka, May 29 (UNB) - Six promising entrepreneurs from Bangladesh have been selected to present their innovative work during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 to be held on June 3-5 in The Hague.
They highlighted their work during a meeting with the press on Wednesday organized by the embassies of The Netherlands and the United States of America in Dhaka.
The United States of America and The Kingdom of the Netherlands announced that some of the outstanding entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, supporters, and policymakers from around the world will attend the GES 2019 from June 3-5, in The Hague.
Co-hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and chaired by the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, GES 2019 is the ninth such gathering of entrepreneurs, business leaders, supporters, and government officials.
The entrepreneurial summit will center on innovative and promising ideas and projects from 1,200 specially selected ‘next generation entrepreneurs’ and aims to advance global entrepreneurship.
Global Entrepreneurship Summit GES 2019 could be a game changer for enterprises.
The Summit will gather 2,000 of the world’s most exciting entrepreneurs, 300+ top investors, policy makers, as well as leading American, Dutch and European corporates, and innovation ecosystem partners in five focus sectors: Agriculture/Food, Connectivity, Energy, Health, and Water.
GES 2019 is more than a meeting: it will engage entrepreneurs worldwide, inspire innovation, and showcase breakthrough technology, said a media release.
The Summit will promote “Deals that matter for everyone,” with an emphasis on connecting entrepreneurs and investors, and bringing together investors from all investor classes.
The 2019 Summit will highlight the critical importance of empowering women entrepreneurs with improved access to finance and full and equal partnerships.
Future Now Challenges
The theme of GES 2019 is The Future Now: bringing the right people together for GES 2019 can lead to solutions now, while creating road maps to future economic activity where innovation can deliver solutions to global challenges and create economic prosperity.
Future Now Challenges will focus on bringing a private sector approach to the next big challenges for our growing economies and countries.
Future Now Challenges will examine how artificial intelligence (AI), big data, block chain, internet of things (IoT), smart phone ubiquity and new scientific breakthroughs will transform and improve the five focus sectors.
GES 2019 is a collaborative venture between the Netherlands and the United States.
This year’s co-hosts are Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.
The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Kaag, is the chair of the conference.
Speakers will address ways to support the next wave of entrepreneurship and innovation and the future of agriculture, connectivity, energy, health, and water.
The Summit will forge new connections through curated matchmaking and networking, workshops, and hands-on advice.