British Deputy HC Javed Patel visits Sylhet

Diplomatic Correspondent

27 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

British Deputy High Commissioner Javed Patel visited Sylhet on January 25-26 and met local officials to discuss opportunities for further shared growth.

This was Patel’s first visit to Sylhet since he joined the British High Commission in Dhaka in February last year. During his visit, Patel reflected on the long friendship between the UK and Bangladesh, said the British High Commission in Dhaka on Tuesday.

On the first day of his visit, Patel met City Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury. Besides discussing longstanding people-to people ties, they talked about the UK’s role working with the Sylhet City Corporation and United Nations Development Programme to alleviate urban poverty.

The programme comprises a range of activities including community mobilization, Covid-19 awareness, nutritional support and livelihood grants. To date, the programme has helped around 11,000 people currently living in Sylhet. Patel also met the Sylhet Divisional Commissioner Md Mashiur Rahman and DIG of Sylhet Range Mofiz Uddin Ahammed.

While in Sylhet, Patel visited the new British Council Office and observed the activities of the UK exam administration. He also visited the Khadimnagar tea estate, the popular tourist spot ‘Jaflong’, and met Immigration and Customs Officers at the Tamabil border post.

It may be noted that around 600,000 people of Bangladeshi origin currently live in the UK, with most coming from Sylhet division.