Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka calls for exploring business opportunities with Hanoi

Dhaka calls for exploring business opportunities with Hanoi

News Report HANOI, Sept 14: Referring to the friendly ties between Bangladesh and Vietnam Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque emphasized exploring opportunities between two countries in trade, investment, agriculture, SMEs and other areas of cooperation. He was addressing as a panelist at the session 'Missed opportunity: Diaspora Networks' at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual ASEAN Summit. Foreign Secretary stressed on public policies to be proactive and flexible, societies to be welcoming and facilitating to attract and sustain the members of their diaspora in respective countries. He cited various polices adopted by Bangladesh Government in engaging Bangladeshi diaspora from the world over in her development. The discussion moderated by Reuters Associate Editor Clara Ferreira Marques and joined by Jose Isidro Camacho, Vice- Chairman of Asia-Pacific Credit Suisse AG, Professor of London School of Economics and Political Science Lutfey Siddiqi. Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque called on the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at the Vietnam Foreign Ministry. He also requested for early establishing direct air- link between Dhaka and Hanoi and easing Vietnamese visa for the Bangladeshi business people and tourists. The Vietnamese Foreign Minister responded saying the value Hanoi attaches to its ties with Dhaka; and looked forward to exploring potential areas of cooperation in concrete terms. Highlighting that the annual bilateral trade has already surpassed US$ one billion dollar mark, he emphasized early convening of the Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) as well as Joint Trade Commission in Vietnam. Both of them also agreed on greater exchange of visits at the official level and deepening of people-to-people contact. Foreign Secretary discussed with Borge Brende, President of the WEF issues of interests between Bangladesh and the WEF. Foreign Secretary further had a TV interview by the CNN on Rohingya issue where he highlighted range of humanitarian and generous steps taken by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in addressing the issue, situation of the Rohingya people in Bangladesh and the status of their repatriation in light of his recent visit to Myanmar.

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