Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Belgium sending a trade mission to Bangladesh

  • Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2019-03-14 01:54:43 BdST

Belgium is planning to send a trade delegation to Bangladesh later this year to explore trade and investment opportunities.

New Belgian Ambassador to Bangladesh, with residence in New Delhi, Francois Delhaye informed Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen about the mission in a meeting on Wednesday.

The ambassador told the minister about Belgian company Jan De Nul entering into a concession agreement with the government of Bangladesh for the dredging of Payra Port.

The foreign ministry said Momen highlighted Bangladesh’s demographic dividend and attractive packages that are on offer for foreign direct investment.

He briefed Ambassador Delhaye about the socio-economic developments that Bangladesh has achieved particularly during the last one decade.

He asked Belgium to be a partner in Bangladesh’s journey towards a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed on by 2041.

Rohingya issue was also discussed as Momen asked Belgium to continue to play the leadership role in the European Union and the UN Security Council to keep persistent pressure on Myanmar for a sustainable solution to the crisis including creating a congenial environment for their safe and dignified return at the earliest.

Belgium has been elected as non-Permanent member of the UNSC for the 2019-2020 term.

The ambassador also had meetings with Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman and State Minister of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Wednesday.

Delhaye presented his credentials on Tuesday to President Md Abdul Hamid at the Bangabhaban.