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Fighting Corona

Bangladesh, US to work jointly

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 29 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh, US to work jointly

Bangladesh and the US have expressed willingness to work more closely to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

This was discussed during a meeting held between the Adviser for Private Industry and Investment of the Prime Minister Salman F. Rahman and Senior Official for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment of the US Department of State Ambassador Marcia Bernicat on Tuesday at the US Department of State in Washington, DC.

The meeting was a follow-up of the first Bangladesh-US Economic Partnership Meeting held virtually on September 30, 2020.

The participants of the follow-up meeting expressed satisfaction over the ongoing economic cooperation between the two countries and progress made in the areas of collaboration identified during the 2020 Partnership Meeting.

They also underlined the need for remaining engaged through different institutional mechanisms and beyond to further deepen the partnership between the two friendly governments, according to a message received from the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC on Wednesday.

The adverse impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on public health as well as the global economy were discussed at length during the meeting.

Adviser Salman Rahman thanked the US Government for providing more than 5.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Bangladesh through COVAX.

Ambassador Bernicat appreciated the Bangladesh Government’s efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the country and stated that the US would prioritize Bangladesh in its plan for expanding production of PPE as well as Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics.

The meeting was also attended by Senior Secretary of Finance Division Abdur Rouf Talukder, Bangladesh Ambassador to the US M Shahidul Islam, Commerce Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh, ERD Secretary Fatima Yasmin, and officials of the US Department of State.