The prime minister also remembered Japan’s recognition to independent Bangladesh and said Bangabandhu had laid the foundation of relations between the two countries.

Sheikh Hasina appreciated Japan for its engagement in different development projects in Bangladesh, saying as many as 310 Japanese companies are now working in the country.

Referring to the initiatives of the BBIN and BCIM Economic Corridor, she said three seaports –Chattogram, Mongla and Payra–would be modernised for boosting connectivity and trade and commerce.

The premier said the Cox’s Bazar Airport is being developed for turning the tourist town into a hub between the East and West as well as promotion of tourism.

Pointing out various mega projects being executed in Bangladesh by the Japanese assistance, the ambassador said Bangladesh is the longest and largest development partner of Japan.

He, however, said Japan wants smooth and speedy implementation of the projects being implemented by Tokyo’s support.

Mentioning that Bangladesh is a good destination of investment, he said: “We hope to elevate further the level of cooperation between the two friendly countries.”

Ito told Sheikh Hasina that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lauded her dynamic leadership and he (Abe) is looking forward to further strengthening the development partnership between the two countries.

The Japanese ambassador put emphasis on increasing exchange of visits by politicians and parliamentarians between the two countries.

Ito commended the countdown event on the occasion of the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation held on January 10. “This is an unforgettable event,” he remarked.

The Japanese ambassador thanked the prime minister for meeting and sharing sorrows with the family members of Holey Artisan victims during her visit to Japan.