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Korean envoy pledged to double his engagement with Chattogram

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 18th October, 2021 06:00:30 PM
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Korean envoy pledged to double his engagement with Chattogram

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Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Jang-keun paid a three-day visit to Chattogram, the gateway to Bangladesh on 16-18 October and held series of dialogue with the business community aiming to further strengthen economic ties between the two countries.

His visit to Chattogram covered a wide range of engagements with Korean community, business leaders and government authorities and development partners in the port city. This was his second visit to Chattogram.

On October 16, Ambassador Lee held a dialogue with Korean community in Chittagong by hosting a banquet.

Congratulating the establishment of the Association of Koreans in 2021, he reaffirmed his commitment to ensure safety and support business activities of Korean people in Chattogram. Around 300 Koreans are living in the city with more than 50 companies under operation.

On following day on October 17, the first-ever roundtable meeting on Korea-Bangladesh economic relations was held in cooperation with Korea-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KBCCI) and Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) at the World Trade Center.

The meeting was a highlight of the Korean envoy’s visit to the second largest city in Bangladesh, said a press release of the Korean Embassy on Monday (Oct 18).

Emphasising the importance of Chittagong with regard to Bangladesh economy and the role of entrepreneurs in enhancing economic ties between the two countries, the Ambassador reaffirmed his commitment to making efforts to elevate the bilateral relations to a new height through extensive engagement with the business community here.

In his presentation on the bilateral relationship between the two countries focusing on trade and investment, Ambassador Lee said Korea and Bangladesh has a great potential to further reinforce its economic relations in many areas beyond Ready-Made Garment (RMG) industry.

A number of business leaders from both countries and government agencies participated in the meeting.

During the visit Ambassador Lee also held a meeting with Commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police Saleh Mohammed Tanvir and Commissioner of Chittagong Customs House Fakhrul Alam.

 Appreciating the support to the Koreans living and doing business in Chittagong, Ambassador Lee requested the government officials for continued support for the safety and security of Koreans and their business.

On the concluding day on Monday (Oct 18), Ambassador Lee visited Bangladesh-Korea Technical Training Center (BKTTC) established with the grant aid from Korean government through KOICA, Korea’s development agency, in 2013 with total project cost of 4.8 million USD.

The vocational training center has been offering various vocational trainings for people in the city in need of job skills. Ambassador Lee also visited the site of the cyber investigation center at the Criminal Investigation Department of the Chattogram Metropolitan Police to be established with the Korean support by 2023.

Ambassador Lee participated as an observer in the Board meeting of the KBCCI held in KEPZ premises.

During the meeting, the Korean envoy reaffirmed his commitment to strengthen his engagement with Chittagong where more than 90 percent of exports and imports of Bangladesh passing through and the second largest number of Korean are living in Bangladesh.