French support to continue

Diplomatic Correspondent

14 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

France will provide a concessional loan of 150-million euro for Bangladesh as the country is facing the dramatic socio-economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Sustainable development is at the heart of our cooperation and the French Development Agency has been a strong pillar since the beginning,” said French Ambassador to Bangladesh Jean-Marin Schuh in a message on the occasion of the French National Day to be celebrated today.

The Ambassador said Bangladesh and France have a bright future together despite the difficult times they are going through right now.

He said they, unfortunately, may never go back to “normal”, to their way of life as it was before Covid-19, but this unprecedented disruption can also be seen as an opportunity to emerge stronger from the crisis.

In France, in Bangladesh and everywhere in the world, the social value of the medical staff has been made clear to all, he said, adding that the coming months and years will require decisions to be taken, and the governments will have to put healthcare and social protection at the centre of their policies to avoid another disaster.

“We cannot overcome such difficulties on our own, and it is by standing together that we’ll meet successfully this huge challenge