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Dhaka, Male to collaborate trade, commerce and connectivity

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 28th November, 2021 05:11:50 PM
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Dhaka, Male to collaborate trade, commerce and connectivity

Bangladesh and Maldives underscored the necessity to collaborate with each other on the area of skill development, human resources development, trade, commerce, connectivity and cooperation in tourism.

This was stated when the Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh, Ambassador Masud Bin Momen paid a courtesy call on the Vice President of the Maldives Faisal Naseem on Sunday in Malé.

Vice President of the Maldives recalled his recent visit to Bangladesh and thanked Bangladesh Government for arranging a successful visit which has brought out tangible outcomes.

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, who is now on a official visit to the Maldives to attend Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) briefed the Vice President about the consultations successfully completed between him and his Maldivian counterpart.

The Vice President of Maldives appreciated Bangladesh’s capacity particularly on skill development and human resources development which he witnessed in person during his visit to Dhaka.

The Vice President particularly appreciated the recent socio-economic development of Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He also lauded Bangladesh Government’s successful containment of COVID-19 pandemic.  

During the call on, Foreign Secretary was accompanied by Ambassador Mashfee Binte Shams, Secretary (East) and other officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Later of the day, the Bangladesh Foreign Secretary met Minister of Economic Development of the Maldives Ismail Faiyyaz. Both sides noted the contribution of the expatriate Bangladeshi nationals to both the economies.

The two sides discussed the possible ways for expansion of the scope for employment of Bangladeshi nationals in Maldives through skill development training and regularization of those who are already staying in Maldives.

Foreign Secretary Masud underscored the possibility of enhancing trade between the two countries with the conclusion of bilateral Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) and Bilateral Investment Protection Agreement.

Engagements between the two sides on commerce secretary level was also discussed with due importance.  Both sides agreed that engagement of private sectors for taking the advantage of full potentials for enhanced trade and commerce would be mutually beneficial.

Bangladesh Foreign Secretary also proposed collaboration on the area of Agriculture and ICT given the adequate capacity that Bangladesh has developed over the past decade. He also proposed to send technical professionals to the Maldives to explore the possible engagements in the near future.   

Masud Bin Momen arrived at Malé on November 16 for the 1st ever Bilateral Consultations held on November 17. Apart from holding the Bilateral Consultations, Foreign Secretary also met his counterpart and the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Maldives in Malé.