Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Ambassador M. Shahidul Islam has called upon the US vaccine producing companies to exercise more openness and transparency in commercial export of vaccines to developing countries, including Bangladesh.
While appreciating US donation of vaccines to developing countries, the Ambassador opined that commercial procurement of vaccines will play more important role in vaccinating a populous country like Bangladesh.Speaking at a virtual town hall discussion hosted by the U.S.-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC on Tuesday, the Bangladesh Ambassador expressed the hope to remain engaged with the US Government and the private sector to secure adequate vaccines for the people of Bangladesh.
The discussion was participated by officials of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, diplomats from the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC, and representatives from various companies such as Uber, Chevron, General Electric, MetLife, Abbott, Boeing, PepsiCo, Google and Facebook.
President of the U.S.-Bangladesh Business Council Nisha Deshai Biswal delivered a welcome speech at the event, according to a press release received from the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC on Wednesday.
Ambassador Shahidul Islam highlighted the economic priorities of Bangladesh and how the private sector may contribute to fostering closer economic ties between the two countries.
He laid emphasis on enhanced bilateral cooperation to help overcome economic disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and advance the Bangladesh-U.S. economic partnership, including facilitating sustainable supply chains.
The Ambassador also urged the U.S. authorities to consider a tax moratorium on products from Bangladesh, particularly RMG, to help Bangladesh economy.The Ambassador extended an offer to the U.S. investors to take advantage of Bangladesh’s favorable investment climate, particularly by investing in the Special Economic Zones and High-Tech Parks.
He called upon the US authorities to ease the process of obtaining H1B visa for Bangladeshi IT professionals.
Shahidul Islam recognised the long-standing partnership between Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Boeing and stressed the need for enhancing cooperation between the two governments on civil aviation to consolidate the partnership between Bangladesh’s national carrier and Boeing.
In this regard he sought the support of US-Bangladesh Business Council in resuming direct Biman flight between Dhaka and New York.
Ambassador Islam responded to various queries raised by the participants and assured them of all sorts of support from the Bangladesh government to establish business in Bangladesh.