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.