12th February 2020

UNB, Dhaka, Feb 12, 2020 (UNB - Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen ,  energy sector ,  ‘blue economy’ ,  Polish investors,  Foreign Affairs ,  Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland Marcin Przydacz ,  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ,  Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ,  Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen


Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has urged the Polish government to encourage their investors and entrepreneurs to look to invest in Bangladesh, particularly drawing their attention to the  shipbuilding, agricultural, food processing and energy sectors, as well as the blue economy.  


Momen discussed the bilateral issues including investment potential during a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland Marcin Przydacz here on Wednesday.     


During this meeting, the foreign minister mentioned that under the able leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh is making remarkable socio-economic progress in every sector to realize the dream of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.


He emphasized the exchange of high-level visits between the two countries.


Polish Deputy Minister Przydacz, who concluded two-day visit to Bangladesh on Wednesday, assured that Poland is eager to continue cooperation with Bangladesh.


He informed that the Polish government is considering the option of opening an embassy in Dhaka.


Before that, bilateral consultations between Bangladesh and Poland took place at the State Guest House Meghna.


The Polish delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz and Bangladesh side was led by Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen.


The two sides reviewed the progress made in different areas of cooperation in the past and discussed the future course of cooperation.


During the consultations, Foreign Secretary thanked the government of Poland for their support during the War of Liberation in 1971.


He expressed satisfaction at the growing rate of bilateral trade between the two countries which reached USD 1.2 billion in the last fiscal year (2018-19) and urged both the sides to work together to increase bilateral trade and investment.


Foreign Secretary also urged the Polish government to encourage Polish investors and entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh in Hi-Tech Parks (HTPs) and Specialized Economic Zones (SEZs), according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.


Polish Deputy Foreign Minister too pointed out that both Bangladesh and Poland can realize the huge potentials of bilateral trade and commerce.


He emphasized on enhanced business contacts in the form of exchange of visits of business delegations as well as those between Chambers of Commerce of the two countries.


Both sides agreed to increase trade and investment through various mechanism like setting up a joint committee, exchanging business delegations, and signing up instrument of cooperation, etc.


In addition to that, Bangladesh and Poland agreed to reinforce and establish cooperation in the sectors like education, culture, agriculture, energy and mining, science & technology, ICT, defence and blue economy.


Foreign Secretary also requested the Polish delegation to ease the visa issuance procedure for Bangladeshi students, businessmen and visitors.


Mentioning the availability of a large pool of skilled and semi-skilled professionals and workers in Bangladesh, he proposed the Polish side to import skilled and semi-skilled workers from Bangladesh to fulfill the labour shortage in Poland.


Apart from bilateral issues, views on international and regional issues were exchanged during the meeting.


Both the Foreign Minister and Foreign Secretary thanked the Polish government for their continued support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue, and requested to further extend this support as a responsible member of the international community to ensure safe and dignified return of the Rohingyas to their homeland. 


Both sides further agreed to maintain possible cooperation in different international fora and platforms.


After the Consultations, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland was signed to hold such consultations on regular basis.


Przydacz yesterday visited the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum on Tuesday and paid tribute to the memories of the Father of the Nation and his family members who were brutally killed in 1975.

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