Visiting Minister in Charge of Economic Revitalization of Japan Toshimistu Motegi on Tuesday said his country intended to continuously support Bangladesh’s efforts for its development and prosperity, and further develop the bilateral relationship.
The Japanese minister made the remark while paying a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in the capital in the morning, according to the Japan Embassy in Dhaka.Minister Motegi said Japan, as a traditional friend of Bangladesh since its independence, hoped that Bangladesh would continue on its path of democratic development.
He visited Bangladesh in order to observe the situation on the ground regarding emerging enterprises and digital technology in emerging countries.
During his visit, Minister Motegi visited an IT service company that conducts offshore software development for Japanese enterprises and had a meeting with a Japanese entrepreneur who is providing educational IT service.
Minister Motegi mentioned that Japan would like to contribute to digitisation and tackling social challenges in Bangladesh.
During his courtesy call on Sheikh Hasina, Minister Motegi heartfully congratulated on the inauguration of her fourth term as a prime minister.
He also expressed that Japan welcomed that the elections were conducted with the participation of all major opposition parties as the result of the efforts made by all concerned people.The Japanese minister also said on the other hand it was regrettable that various matters of concerns arose in the election process such as occurrence of many casualties.
Minister Motegi said his country will continue to support Bangladesh in key development arenas, showing interest to invest in the IT sector of Bangladesh, said PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim after the meeting with Sheikh Hasina.
The Japanese minister said Japan has been a great partner since the independence of Bangladesh and the relations between Japan and Bangladesh are complementary to each other.
He congratulated Sheikh Hasina on assuming office as the prime minister of Bangladesh for the third consecutive term through a participatory election. “It was a participatory election,” the Press Secretary quoted the Japanese minister as saying.
Motegi expressed his conviction that the relations between Bangladesh and Japan will be stronger during the current tenure of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Welcoming the Japanese minister in Bangladesh, Hasina recalled Japan’s contributions to Bangladesh’s economic development.
Describing Japan as an old friend of Bangladesh, the prime minister said Japan is providing support to various development sectors, particularly constructing the Rupsha Bridge, metro rail and other projects.
Terming Japan a development model for Bangladesh, Hasina said her government wants to develop every village as a township with urban facilities.
The prime minister said Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman founded the relations with Japan.
Hasina suggested that Japan can provide support to training programmes in IT parks and deep-sea fishing.
She urged Japan to hire trained homecare nurses from Bangladesh and the Japanese minister responded positively.
Hasina reiterated her government’s steadfast stance against terrorism, saying Bangladesh has adopted ‘zero tolerance’ to terrorism and militancy.
The Japanese minister shared the experience with the prime minister on his visit to Bangabandhu Museum saying he was overwhelmed seeing different memories and documents on the life of Father of the Nation.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, PM’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi and Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman were present.