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President urges Ireland to open consular office in Dhaka
 DHAKA: President Abdul Hamid today urged Ireland to open a consular office here or extending consular services through arrangement with any local European Union (EU) Embassy in the capital for easing visa procedure to visit Ireland.

“It will resolve visa problems of Bangladeshi businessmen, students and tourists to visit Ireland,” he said while newly appointed non-resident Irish Ambassador to Bangladesh Feilim McLaughlin presented his credentials to him at Bangabhaban this afternoon.

Welcoming the new Ambassador to Bangabhaban, the President expressed his satisfaction over the existing bilateral relations between the two countries and said Bangladesh attaches great importance to relations with Ireland which is based on mutual respect and interest.

Noting that presently Bangladesh offers one of the best investment regimes in the region President Abdul Hamid encouraged Irish investors to take advantage of the investment-friendly climate and the trainable, competitive work force of Bangladesh.

The President laid emphasis on taking effective steps for further increasing trade and commerce relations between Bangladesh and Ireland.

Assuring his full support to Irish envoy, he hoped that the bilateral cooperation between Bangladesh and Ireland would increase further during the tenure of the new Ambassador.

The President also recalled the invaluable support extended by the Irish people and the government during the most crucial time of Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971.

The Irish envoy said his country is keen to invest in potential sectors of Bangladesh.

Some of the Irish enterprises have already showed their interest in investment in the country, he said.

The new Ambassador assured the President that he would do his level best to increase economic cooperation between Ireland and Bangladesh.

Concerned secretaries of the President Office and acting foreign secretary were present.

Earlier on his arrival at the Bangabhaban premises, the new Irish ambassador was given a guard of honour by a contingent of President’s Guard Regiment (PGR).


Bangladesh to get Tk 158 crore from Denmark to face climate risk

DHAKA: Bangladesh will get 110 Danish crooner equivalent to Taka 158 core to face the risks of climate change.

“The financial assistance would given in three phases by 2015,” said Danish ambassador to Bangladesh Svend Olling when he paid a farewell call on the Environment and Forest Minister Dr Hasan Mamud at his secretariat office here today.

In the first phase, the minister said 10 million Danish crooners as project assistance would be given for constructing embankment water management in four costal districts and later 100 million Danish crooners would be spent through different ministries and the Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF).

Dr Hasan termed the Denmark as a trusted friend of Bangladesh and thanked Danish envoy for his country’s assistance to Bangladesh in facing the risks of climate changes. In reply, the outgoing Danish ambassador thanked the minister for his assistance during his stay in Bangladesh.

-- BSS
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