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Shahriar urges efforts to strengthen bilateral ties with Egypt

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 4 March, 2022 12:00 AM
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Shahriar urges efforts to strengthen bilateral ties with Egypt

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has emphasised on more engagements with Egypt to strengthen existing bilateral ties between the two countries.

He also expressed Bangladesh's eagerness to explore potential areas of cooperation that both the countries can utilise.

The State Minister has held several meetings in Cairo on Wednesday during his ongoing official visit there.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam paid a call on Engineer Yehia Zaki, CEO of Suez Canal Economic Zone, at his office on Wednesday, accompanied by Ambassador of Bangladesh in Cairo, Director General (Africa) and other officials of the Foreign Ministry.

The CEO of Suez Canal briefed the State Minister about the activities of Suez Canal Economic Zone. He invited Bangladeshi entrepreneurs to invest in the zone.

The State Minister mentioned that, Bangladeshi investors may invest in suitable area in Suez Canal.

Md Shahriar Alam later met with the Minister of Trade and Industry Nevin Gamea at her office. The Egyptian Minister was accompanied by Assistant Minister and other trade related high level officials. Both sides reflected on potential areas of cooperation and they agreed to identify potential markets.

The State Minister briefed about the social developments programme of the government like one house one farm. He also told that the government has taken measures to enhance Bangladesh's exports to African countries terming Africa as a very potential region for cooperation.

He proposed that high level delegation may visit from Egypt to Bangladesh to find out potential areas of cooperation in trade and investment. He said that under D-8, both countries are working for facilitating mutual trade among member countries.

State Minister Shahriar Alam also met with AD Khaled El-Anany, minister of Tourism and Antiquities, at his office at the afternoon.

Shahriar informed the Egyptian Minister that the people of Bangladesh are celebrating birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as well as golden jubilee of independence of Bangladesh.

He expressed happiness over the decision of the Egyptian side to introduce operations of Egypt Air from Dhaka to Egypt directly. He suggested that there may be cooperation in exchange of knowledge in hospitality and tourism sectors between Bangladesh and Egypt.

The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities stated that, the government of Egypt would offer exchange education for Bangladesh students in tourism sector with Bangladesh.

State Minister Shahriar Alam called on Hala Helmy Elsaid, Minister of Planning and Economic Development at her in Cairo when he mentioned that Bangladesh government has successfully lowered the rate of poverty. He informed that Bangladesh is now a middle income country.

The Egyptian Minister briefed the State Minister for Foreign Affairs about the mega, development and welfare projects undertaken by the Egyptian government.

Shariar Alam remarked that Bangladesh and Egypt are working in D-8 for facilitation of trade.

The Egyptian Development Minister suggested that both countries may cooperate in areas like cotton production and possible production of staples.

State Minister apprised the Egyptian Minister about the remarkable achievements that Bangladesh has made in various socio economic areas. He said that Bangladesh has self-sufficiency in food production and electricity.

He mentioned that Bangladesh’s exports have doubled and the government is putting importance in health, education and infrastructure development.

The State Minister for Foreign Affairs later met with representatives of Egyptian Chamber of Industry, representatives of Apparel and Textiles and Egyptian entrepreneurs on Wednesday and shared a brief overview on development of different industries in Bangladesh.

The Egyptian entrepreneurs invited Bangladesh entrepreneurs of different sectors to invest in  Egypt and explore possibilities of joint collaboration.  They inform about various incentives offered by the Egyptian investment authorities to foreign investors.

Shahriar Alam invited Egyptian investors and business to visit Bangladesh with a view to establishing business and joint collaboration. He mentioned various incentives and facilities offered in our EZs as well as incentives extended by authorities like BEZA and Ends