Qatar to increase investment in Bangladesh, support construction of Padma Bridge

Qatar has assured of providing supports towards the construction of Padma bridge, recruiting more manpower from Bangladesh and increasing its investment in the country’s various key economic sectors.

The assurance came when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called on her Qatari counterpart Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al Thani at his official residence here last night.

The Bangladesh premier after attending the three-day European Development Days-2009 events in the Swedish capital of Stockholm arrived here yesterday evening on a two-day official visit on an invitation from Amir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

During the meeting, the Qatari Prime Minister told Sheikh Hasina that Qatar would also provide dredgers to Bangladesh to implement its massive capital dredging and maintenance project to restore navigability in the country’s major rivers.

In this context, he apprised Sheikh Hasina that Qatar would send a high profile business delegation to Bangladesh in the first quarter of next year to identify possible investment sectors and put forward a set of recommendations to the Qatar government in this regard.

The Qatari Prime Minister requested Sheikh Hasina to send project proposals to his office for the proposed river dredging, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told newsmen after the meeting.

The Bangladesh premier welcomed such a friendly gesture from Qatar to help further expedite the overall development process in Bangladesh. She also extended an invitation to her Qatari counterpart to visit Bangladesh at a convenient time. He gladly accepted the invitation.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed wide range of bilateral issues including expansion of trade and business between the two Muslim countries, climate change and the condition of Bangladesh expatriates working in Qatar.

When Sheikh Hasina raised the issue of severe consequences faced by the developing countries from the climate change, the Qatari Prime Minister said his government would help Dhaka in effectively tackling the challenges of global warming.

The Bangladesh Prime Minister also listed her government’s plans and programmes to face the challenges of climate change that include large-scale river dredging and maintenance programme, creating green belt along the sea beach, ensuring food security and construction of shelter centres.

In this respect, Sheikh Hamad assured Sheikh Hasina that his government would provide all-out supports toward implementation of these programmes in Bangladesh.

He also praised Sheikh Hasina for her concern over the climate change issues and her addresses in the United Nations General Assembly, World Climate Conference-3 in Geneva and in the
European Development Days-2009 events, where the leader of Bangladesh pinpointed various crises and problems emanating from the climate change.

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem lauded the Bangladeshi workers in Qatar saying, they are very disciplined, hard working and law abiding, earning praises and appreciation of all in this Arab country.

In reciprocation, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina requested her Qatari counterpart to recruit more Bangladeshi workers for his country and take maximum possible care of the Bangladesh people now living in Qatar.

The Qatari Prime Minister assured Sheikh Hasina of recruiting more Bangladesh people to his country. Later, the Qatari Prime Minister hosted a royal dinner in honour of the Bangladesh Prime Minister.

On the bilateral relations, the Qatari Prime Minister said his country attaches high importance to its relations with Bangladesh and expressed the hope that the existing bilateral ties between the two countries would be further enhanced in the
days to come.

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, State Minister for Environment and Forests Dr Hasan Mahmud, Ambassador M Ziauddin, Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes and Bangladesh Ambassador to Qatar Shahadat Hossain were present during the meeting.. -– NNN-BSS

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