Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday (May 30) sought the JICA’s assistance to arrange more Japanese investment for Bangladesh when its president Shinichi Kitaoka paid a courtesy call on the premier at her place of residence in Tokyo.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought JICA’s help in arranging more Japanese investments for Bangladesh,” PM’s Speech Writer (secretary) Md Nazrul Islam briefed the media after the meeting, reports said.
The premier also requested Japanese investors to invest more with exploring the new areas of investments in Bangladesh, he said quoting the premier.
Describing Japan as one of the closest friends of Bangladesh since independence, the premier said, “Japan helped us a lot to reorganize the war-ravaged country after the Liberation War of 1971.”
She called upon the JICA to set up a training centre in Bangladesh to train the young generation to make them skilled and efficient.
JICA’s president has expressed his desire to work for development of human resources through exchanging experience and knowledge.
The premier informed the JICA’s president that Bangladesh is now moving towards mechanisation of agriculture as part of the move to go for industrialisation from agriculture likewise Japan, he quoted Sheikh Hasina as saying. In this context, she described Japan as the role model to this end.
The premier stressed the need for working together by the developed, developing and least developed countries of the Asian countries to dominate the world.
Sheikh Hasina also recalled the deaths of Japanese in the terror attack in Dhaka in 2016 and expressed her sorrow and sympathy to this end.
JICA’s president congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her re-election for the third consecutive times.
Describing the bilateral talks held between the Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and Japan as fruitful, the JICA’s president said that they will now work more closely with Bangladesh.
The JICA president said they will further strengthen the study programme with Bangladesh.
Among others, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, PM’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam, PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Principal Coordinator of SDG Affairs Md Abul Kalam Azad, Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque and Ambassador of Bangladesh to Japan Rabab Fatima were present on the occasion.