Momen invites Finnish investments in SEZs

Diplomatic Correspondent

11 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh has urged Finland to explore investment opportunities in special economic zones (SEZs) and hi-tech parks in the country.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen made the call during a virtual meeting with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto on Tuesday.

The two ministers discussed the possibilities of initiating work on a bilateral agreement on double taxation.

Momen told Haavisto that Bangladesh and Finland should celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2022 in a befitting manner through high-level political visits, investment dialogues and cultural exchanges.

During their hour-long meeting,               

the two ministers recalled Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s meeting with the President Sauli Niniistö of Finland in Helsinki in June 2019.

The ministers stressed the importance of regular exchange of high-level visits and diplomatic consultations.

The Finnish Foreign Minister congratulated Bangladesh on the projected graduation from the LDC status in 2026.

Both foreign ministers expressed satisfaction over the business dialogue held between the two sides in December 2020.

Finnish foreign minister appreciated Bangladesh’s humanitarian gesture to the forcibly displaced Rohingya from Myanmar.

He assured of continued supports to Bangladesh increasing involvement of Finland in certain mediation efforts in the crisis.

Abdul Momen urged Finland and other EU member states to work towards early and voluntary repatriation of the Rohingya without compromising their safety and dignity.

The ministers agreed to enhance cooperation on climate change issues, including through the Coalition of Finance Ministers on Climate Change that Finland co-chairs.

 Momen flagged Bangladesh’s work on the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan, Presidency of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), and hosting of a regional office of the Global Centre on Adaptation.

Foreign Minister Haavisto recognized the contribution of Bangladesh diaspora to the Finnish society.

The two ministers agreed to work on cultural exchange and knowledge partnership for fostering human connectivity.

 Bangladesh’s non-resident ambassador to Finland Md. Nazmul Islam also joined the meeting.