DHAKA, Aug 24, 2020 (BSS) – A kick-off meeting on the 5th Bangladesh-Japan Public-Private Joint Economic Dialogue (PPED) was held virtually today as part of taking preparations to hold the dialogue by December this year.
The meeting was held with an aim of holding the dialogue by December 2020 to review the decisions on which the both countries agreed in the 4th PPED to resolve the issues hindering the expansion of trade and investment between the two countries and emphasize on further enhancement of cooperation in investment and trade, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) sources said.
Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Kaikaus presided over the virtual meeting.
Officials with the ranks of additional secretary and joint secretary of the concerned ministries joined the meeting from the PMO in the capital while senior government officials of Japan and business leaders joined the meeting from Tokyo.
Alongside Principal Coordinator (SDG), Bangladesh’s newly appointed ambassador to Japan, Economic Minister and Commercial Councilor of Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo, Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh and Economic Councilor and Second Secretary of Japan Embassy in Dhaka took part in the meeting.
Besides, Deputy Director General for Trade Policy of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Investment led the participating team from Japan while representatives of foreign and other ministries of Japan and chief of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) office in Bangladesh also joined the meeting.
As private sector representatives, presidents of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) and Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and chief executive of BUILD took part in the meeting.