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Bangladesh envoy seeks more Japanese investment

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 23 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Shahabuddin Ahmed urged the Japanese businessmen and investors to invest in various sectors in Bangladesh including information technology, garment industry and leather.

Addressing a seminar titled "Bangladesh Seminar on Trade, Investment and Skilled Human Resources" on Wednesday at Omiya Sonic Civic Hall at Saitama City in Japan, the ambassador also highlighted Japan's involvement in various mega projects in Bangladesh and thanked the Japan government for continuous support.

The Bangladesh embassy in Tokyo organised the seminar attended by nearly 200 prominent personalities from Japanese companies and manpower recruiting organisations.

In the context of the decreasing population in Japan, the Bangladesh envoy urged Japan's manpower recruiting agencies to recruit skilled workers from Bangladesh.

From the City of Saitama, Hitoshi Shibuya, Director, Department of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism, Bureau of Economic Affairs was present and delivered a speech.

Ariful Haque, Minister (Commerce) of the Embassy, delivered a presentation on trade and investment opportunities in Bangladesh and Md. Zoynal Abedin, First Secretary (Labour), of the Embassy presented on the “Prospects and Potentials of Skilled Human Resources in Bangladesh: Collaboration with Japan for Greater Mutual Benefit”.

Noriyoshi Fukuoka, Director (South Asia), Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), in his speech praised Bangladesh’s economic progress and prospects.

Yuji Ando, Country Representative of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

in Bangladesh, discussed the business environment in Bangladesh through a recorded video message.

Toshihiro Shimizu from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) presented on JICA’s business supporting survey in Bangladesh while Kiminobu Hiraishi, CEO of Maruhisha Group, shared business experiences of Japanese textile companies in Bangladesh.

Ambassador Shigeo Matsutomi, Senior Vice President, Japan International Trainee & Skilled Worker Cooperation Organisation (JITCO), discussed on sending/acceptance structure of Bangladeshi trainees and workers.

Keisuke Irako, Chief Director at Machida Hospital shared experiences of recruiting Bangladeshi caregivers in his hospital.

The seminar was attended, among others, by embassy officials and representatives from METI, JICA, JETRO, Japan Chamber and UNIDO ITPO Tokyo..

It may be mentioned that the seminar was organised as part of celebrating 50 years of Bangladesh-Japan diplomatic relations.