PM for developing Bangladesh-China connectivity to enhance business
DHAKA, Nov 14, 2019 (BSS) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called for developing connectivity between Bangladesh and China along with other neighbouring countries for flourishing business and tourism as well as enhance the people-to-people contact.
“Bangladesh is giving more importance on developing connectivity between the two countries — Bangladesh and China – along with neighbouring countries for flourishing business and tourism in the future, which will enhance the people-to-people contact,” she said while an eight-member delegation led by Chen Hao, Secretary of Yunnan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) met her at the latter’s Jatiya Sangsad office here.
The premier said that beyond the government-to-government exchange of visits, the two countries also have an established mechanism for exchanging visits between members of the two political parties – Bangladesh Awami League and CPC.
Sheikh Hasina said China President Xi Jinping is a great friend of Bangladesh. The premier also focused on Rohingya crisis, economic development of Bangladesh and socio-economic uplift of the people.
PM’s assistant press secretary A.B.M. Sarwer-e-Alom Sarker briefed reporters after the meeting.
More entrepreneurs from Yunnan province of China will make investment in Bangladesh as investment-friendly atmosphere prevails in the country, said a visiting delegation of the Chinese province.
The delegation head Chen Hao said, “More entrepreneurs of Yunnan province have decided to invest Bangladesh.”
Chen Hao, also Chairman of Standing Committee of Yunnan Provincial People’s Congress, said China and Bangladesh are enjoying excellent friendly relations and working for promoting cooperation between the two countries in the fields of economic development, education, culture and tourism.
He said both the countries have the long history of traditional friendship, especially between Bangladesh and Yunnan province.
Chen Hao thanked Bangladesh for participating in the 5th China-South Asian Expo held in Yunnan province last year.
He appreciated Bangladesh for supporting the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of China and BCIM Economic Corridor as these two initiatives will strengthen the bilateral relations between the two nations.
Appreciating the 8.13 percent GDP growth of Bangladesh, the CPC leader said like Bangladesh, the economy of Yunnan province is growing at faster rate. Such economic growth rates would add more momentum for further flourishing the two economies – Bangladesh and Yunnan– he added.
Chen Hao mentioned that some 750 Bangladeshi students are pursuing their study in Yunnan province and enjoying provincial government scholarships there.
During the meeting, he also recalled Sheikh Hasina’s visits to China in 2010 and 2014.
Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Foreign Ministry Muhammad Faruk Khan and State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam were present at the meeting.
Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming was among the eight-member delegation.