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Korean envoy focuses more on Ctg

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 19 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Jang-keun paid a three-day visit to Chattogram and held a series of dialogue with the business community in the port city.

The visit aimed to further strengthen economic ties between Korea and Bangladesh. The envoy visited the city from October 16 to 18.

His visit to Chattogram covered a wide range of engagements with Korean community, business leaders and government authorities and development partners.

This was his second visit to the city, considered the gateway to Bangladesh.

On October 16, Ambassador Lee held a dialogue with Korean community in Chittagong by hosting a banquet. Congratulating the establishment of the Association of Koreans in 2021, he reaffirmed his commitment to ensure safety and support business activities of Korean people in Chattogram.

Around 300 Koreans are living in the city with more than 50 companies under operation.

On following day on October 17, the first-ever roundtable meeting on Korea-Bangladesh economic relations was held in cooperation with Korea-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KBCCI) and Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) at the World Trade Center.

The meeting was a highlight of the Korean envoy’s visit to the second largest city in Bangladesh, said a press release of the Korean Embassy on Sunday.

The anovoy emphasised the importance of Chittagong with regard to Bangladesh economy and the role of entrepreneurs in enhancing economic ties between the two countries.

The ambassador reaffirmed his commitment to making efforts to elevate the bilateral relations to a new height through extensive engagement with the business community here.

In his presentation on the bilateral relationship between the two countries focusing on trade and investment, Ambassador Lee said Korea and Bangladesh have a great potential to further reinforce its economic relations in many areas beyond Ready-Made Garment (RMG) industry.

A number of business leaders from both countries and government agencies participated in the meeting.

During the visit, Ambassador Lee also held a meeting with Chittagong Metropolitan Police commissioner Saleh Mohammed Tanvir and Chittagong Customs House commissioner Fakhrul Alam.

Appreciating the support to the Koreans living and doing business in Chittagong, Ambassador Lee requested the government officials for continued support for the safety and security of Koreans and their business.

On the concluding day on Sunday, Ambassador Lee visited Bangladesh-Korea Technical Training Center (BKTTC) established with the grant aid from Korean government through KOICA, Korea’s development agency, in 2013 with total project cost of $4.8 million.

The vocational training centre has been offering various vocational trainings for people in the city in need of job skills.

Ambassador Lee also visited the site of the cyber investigation centre at the Criminal Investigation Department of the Chattogram Metropolitan Police to be established with the Korean support by 2023.

Ambassador Lee participated as an observer in the Board meeting of the KBCCI held in KEPZ premises.

During the meeting, the Korean envoy reaffirmed his commitment to strengthen his engagement with Chittagong where more than 90 percent of exports and imports of Bangladesh passing through.

The second largest number of Koreans are living in Bangladesh.