Dhaka, Washington discuss coop to face new trade challenges

 Dhaka, Washington discuss coop to face new trade challenges
Speakers at a meeting  emphasised  the  need  for  close cooperation  between  Bangladesh and US  governments  and  industries  of the two countries to  address the  continually evolving challenges related to health and economy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

They said this at a high-level economic partnership consultation between Bangladesh and the United States held at a web platform.

Prime minister’s adviser for private industry and investment Salman F Rahman and US under-secretary of state for economic growth Keith Krach co-chaired the meeting. State minister for foreign minister Shahriar Alam and senior officials from relevant ministries and departments of both countries also attended the meeting.

During the meeting, both the co-chairs and the participants shared their thoughts on developing  a  vision  to  advance  the  bilateral  economic  partnership  between  the  two countries  in  all  potential  areas.

Salman Rahman underscored the importance of pursuing economic diplomacy proactively with neighbouring, regional and global players and welcomed the US interest and involvement in both existing and new initiatives.

Several important issues like investment, public health cooperation, sound digital policy, blue economy, agriculture capacity building, energy, transportation  and infrastructure were discussed during this high-level consultations focusing on how to further enhance the overall economic partnership between Bangladesh and the United States.

US under-secretary Krach appreciated Bangladesh government’s initiatives to attract foreign direct investment.

They expressed their optimism about the US companies taking advantage of the competitiveness and invest in Bangladesh in much greater volume, particularly in the areas of ICT, energy, and pharmaceuticals.

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