Belarus today expressed its interest to set up a joint commission on trade (JCT) and economy to further boost the economic relations with Bangladesh, Agencies report.
Visiting Belarusian Minister of Industry Vitaly Vovk expressed the interest when he paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence here this evening.
After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters. In this connection, the prime minister said: “Yes we can sit and explore the possibilities of enhancing economic cooperation.”
She said that Bangladesh wants to increase trade and investment with Belarus in the days to come. The Belarusian minister also offered training to Bangladeshi laborers on how to use agriculture machinery as well as engineers.
He informed the prime minister that Belarus is setting up a service center here on joint venture with the LGRD ministry on heavy machinery. “Apart from providing services, Belarus would assemble such machinery through the centre,” Vitaly Vovk said.
The Belarusian minister expressed satisfaction over the existing bilateral ties between the two countries and hoped that the relations would be further strengthened in the years to come.
Referring to the setting up of countrywide some 100 economic zones, Sheikh Hasina said that adequate facilities are being provided there. Mentioning that Bangladesh is an agro-based country, she said, “We’ve to adopt mechanical agriculture.”
While talking about development of education sector, the premier informed the Belarus minister that her government is giving highest priority to education.
Putting emphasis on strengthening connectivity with the neighbours, Sheikh Hasina said that the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) initiative is being materialized to enhance connectivity in the region for further development of the people.
The prime minister said that Bangladesh is ready to welcome the move from Belarus to impart training to Bangladeshi laborers and engineers alongside setting up factory in Bangladesh.
She also recalled that as part of the then Soviet Union, Belarus extended support to Bangladesh during its War of Liberation in 1971.
Senior PMO Secretary Suraiya Begum and Local Government Division Secretary Abdul Malek were present on the occasion.