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Ukrane to help produce sugar from sugar bits→ Staff Correspondent
 Ukraine Ambassador to Dhaka Oleksandr D Shevchenko yesterday expressed interest to help Bangladesh produce sugar from sugar bits through transferring its technology.

Apart from this, entrepreneurs of Ukraine are interested to invest in joint venture projects in environment-friendly shipbuilding, fabricated steel and setting up chemical fertilisers in Bangladesh.

Shevchenko expressed these interests at a meeting with Industries Minister Dilip Barua at his office on Thursday. Industries Secretary KH Masud Siddiqqui was also present at the meeting.

The meeting discussed issues related to bilateral cooperation, especially agriculture-based industrialisation, technological support in small and medium industries and enhancing bilateral trade.

Industries Minister said Ukraine, as one of the development partners of Bangladesh, can help boost agricultural production and flourish the industrial sector here.

He drew attention of the ambassador to transfer sustainable technology to Bangladesh to help it produce sugar from sugar bits as well as modernising fertiliser factories and sugar mills.

Barua sought cooperation from the ambassador in importing 100,000 metric tonnes of urea and 50,000 metric tonnes of sugar from Ukraine at the state level.

Shevchenko said Bangladesh can utilise Ukraine experience in building agriculture-based SME industries and said they would provide support in building sustainable industrial sector in Bangladesh through transferring green technologies.

He assured the minister of taking quick steps for exporting fertiliser and sugar at the state level.

Barua said there is ample scope to invest in prospective industrial sector in Bangladesh and Ukrain can explore investment opportunities in shipbuilding, ship-breaking, ship-recycling and chemical fertiliser production.

Ukraine to open consul

office in Dhaka

Meanwhile, Ukraine has shown interest to open consul office in Dhaka for expanding the existing bilateral relations with Bangladesh and strengthening business opportunities between the two friendly countries.

The newly-appointed Ukrainian Ambassador Oleksandr D Shevchenko said this at a meeting with Dr Md Abdur Razzaque, Minister for Food and Disaster Management at the latter's secretariat office yesterday.

During the meeting, Ukraine Ambassador said his government is operating all affairs with Bangladesh from its New Delhi office and for this it is facing manifold problems.

"For strengthening the existing bilateral relations between the two countries, we have decided to open a consul office in Dhaka," the newly-appointed Ambassador said.

Mentioning that Bangladesh is manufacturing high quality medicine, the food minister said the country exports huge volume of drugs to different countries across the world.

Besides, it produces international standard leather and leather goods, ceramics, electronics goods.

Referring to a recent memorandum of understanding signed with Ukrain on importing wheat, the minister said the government is directly importing 100,000 tonnes of wheat under the understanding.

He thanked the envoy for taking the initiative on opening the consul office in Dhaka and assured him of providing all-out support of the government during his tenure in Bangladesh.

"As a member of the Russian Federation, Ukraine contributed a lot to the struggle for the liberation of Bangladesh," the minister said adding the nation always recalls it.

The then Russian Federation provided due assistance to Bangladesh in reconstruction of the war-ravaged Bangladesh, especially for developing the Chittagong port, the minister said.

Food secretary Barun Dev Mitra, director general of Food Directorate Ahmed Hossain Khan and joint secretary of Food Division Khandakar Atiur Rahman were also present at the meeting.

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