Bangladesh Envoy in USA calls for transparency in vaccine trade

Diplomatic Correspondent

16th June, 2021 10:04:27 AM printer

Bangladesh Envoy in USA calls for transparency in vaccine trade

Bangladesh Ambassador in the United States of America M Shahidul Islam has expressed hope to remain engaged with the US Government and the private sector to secure adequate vaccines for the people of Bangladesh.

Addressing a discussion in Washington DC on Tuesday he appreciated US donation of vaccines to developing countries.

The Ambassador opined that commercial procurement of vaccines will play more important role in vaccinating a populous country like Bangladesh.

He called upon the US vaccine producing companies to exercise more openness and transparency in commercial export of vaccines to developing countries. 

The US-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce hosted Bangladesh Ambassador M Shahidul Islam at a virtual townhall discussion which was participated by officials of the US Chamber of Commerce, diplomats from the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC, and representatives from various companies such as Uber, Chevron, General Electric, MetLife, Abbott, Boeing, PepsiCo, Google, Facebook. President of the US- Bangladesh Business Council Nisha Biswal delivered a welcome speech at the event.

In his speech, the Bangladesh Ambassador also highlighted the economic priorities of Bangladesh and how the private sector may contribute to fostering closer economic ties between the two countries. 

Ambassador M Shahidul emphasized enhanced bilateral cooperation to help overcome economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and advance the Bangladesh-U.S. economic partnership, including facilitating sustainable supply chains.

He also urged the US authorities to consider a tax moratorium on products from Bangladesh, particularly RMG, to help the Bangladesh economy.  

The Ambassador extended an offer to the U.S. investors to take advantage of Bangladesh's favorable investment climate, particularly by investing in the Special Economic Zones and High-Tech Parks.

He called upon the US authorities to ease the process of obtaining H1B visa for Bangladeshi IT professionals.  

He recognized the long-standing partnership between Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Boeing and stressed enhancing cooperation between the two governments on civil aviation to consolidate the partnership between Bangladesh's national carrier and Boeing.

In this regard he sought the support of US-Bangladesh Business Council in resuming direct Biman flight between Dhaka and New York.  

Ambassador Islam responded to various queries raised by the participants and assured them of all sorts of support from the Bangladesh government to establish business in Bangladesh.