Japan’s Big-B initiatives to bring more investment to Bangladesh

Diplomatic Correspondent

10 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has said that the Bay of Bengal Industrial Growth Belt (Big-B) initiative of Japan would accelerate cooperation for development of quality infrastructure and bring more investment opportunities to Bangladesh.

Japanese Ambassador Ito Naoki met the state minister on Tuesday and discussed the bilateral relations and issues of common interests between two countries. They also reviewed the progress of the Japanese funded major development projects.

Both sides recalled Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s groundbreaking visit to

Japan in 1973 which laid the rock-solid foundation of the bilateral relations.

The State Minister conveyed his deep appreciation for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s participation at the event celebrating Bangabandhu’s birth centenary and the golden jubilee of the Independence of Bangladesh.

 The two sides agreed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations in 2022 in a befitting manner including through exchange of high-level

State Minister Shahriar Alam stated that COVID-19 pandemic posed an unprecedented challenging time for all and thanked the Government of Japan for the COVID-19 related assistance. 

He briefed the Japanese envoy on the initiatives taken by the Government to combat the pandemic and sought support from Japan to continue its fight against COVID-19.

Japanese Ambassador highly appreciated the socio-economic progress of Bangladesh, even during the pandemic, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and assured of continued support to Bangladesh to deal with COVID-19 situation.

State Minister Shahriar Alam underscored that if 1.1 million Rohingyas were denied the opportunity to return to their ancestral homes in the Rakhaine state of Myanmar, it could have ramifications for regional and international security and stability.  He also urged Japan to use her influence to persuade Myanmar and the international community to create a conducive environment within Myanmar for safe and dignified return of the Rohingyas.

The Ambassador reiterated Japan’s commitment of continued support for Rohingya repatriation.

Recognising Bangladesh’s leadership role in the climate change discourse, the Ambassador expressed willingness of the Japanese investors in clean energy.