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Momen stresses boosting trade ties with S Africa

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  • 19 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Momen stresses boosting trade ties with S Africa

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Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen emphasised the need to strengthen the Bangladesh-South Africa economic ties.

“The scope of trade and economic relations between Bangladesh and South Africa is expanding, and still there is a huge possibility to strengthen these relations,” he said.

Momen said this would foster economic growth and create more employment opportunities.

He was speaking at a semi-webinar on “Bangladesh- South Africa Bilateral Relations: Exploring the Potentials for Future Engagement and Cooperation” on Thursday.

Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organised the event.

Foreign minister said Bangladesh opened investment windows for different sectors including readymade garments, pharmaceuticals, fisheries and tourism etc.    South African Foreign Minister Dr Naledi M. Pandor praised the remarkable socio- economic development of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She expressed her satisfaction over the agreements the two countries already signed.

She said some more important agreements are under discussion as both countries have a lot of possibilities in technical exchanges. South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor joined as the guest of honour at the event.

“Bangladesh and South Africa have a historic relationship since both of the countries share a common history of struggle and emancipation,” said BIISS director general Maj Gen Md Emdad-Ul-Bari.

The formal diplomatic relation between the two nations was established on 10 September 1994 during the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as the President of the Republic of South Africa, he said.

“Since then, the two nations are continuing warm relations with mutual respect and cooperation.”

He said, “The spirit of the relations between the two great nations lies in the philosophy of two timeless voices of history, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Nelson Mandela, to their peoples.”

“They became the iconic figures who were the inspirations for the oppressed and exploited people to speak up for their rights,” said BIISS director general.

He underscored that Bangladesh-South Africa bilateral relations are strengthening the bonds through solidarity, friendship and cooperation.

“Bangladesh is working to promote South-South cooperation in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda,” BIISS DG noted. The webinar was also attended by senior officials from different ministries, ambassadors and high commissioners, senior civil and military officials, media, academia, teachers and students from different universities.