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Bangladesh, US to work together on crucial issues, Momen meets Blinken in Washington DC

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United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during his conversation with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, sought favourable policy support from Bangladesh government to secure enabling business and investment climate for promoting more trade and investment between the two countries, a spokesperson of the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

They discussed issues related to Rohingya, covid cooperation, trade and investment and future cooperation during the conversation held on Tuesday (Washington time).

Dr Momen is currently visiting Washington DC on an official trip to reach out the new administration to ‘further enhance the level of cooperation’ between Bangladesh and the United States.

But due to the Covid protocol the US Secretary of State was not in a position to hold the meeting in person, but they had the conversation over telephone, the spokesperson said.

In the tele-conversation, held between the two in Washington, the foreign minister and the Secretary of State have agreed to work together to further strengthen bilateral relations and enhance cooperation on global issues.

During the meeting both sides expressed their optimism that the US companies would take advantage of the competitiveness of Bangladesh and invest in the country in much greater volume particularly in the areas of ICT, energy, pharmaceuticals and infrastructural development.

The foreign minister welcomed US investment in special economic zones and high-tech parks, underscoring the higher return of investment from Bangladesh as well as the good connectivity.

At the beginning of the discussion, US secretary of state expressed his regret that he could not physically meet foreign minister Dr Momen due to the Covid-19 health restrictions, and termed Bangladesh-US relations as a ‘growing and deep’ one.

Bangladesh foreign minister congratulated the new US administration for upholding the democratic process with a strong popular mandate, assuming once again America’s global leadership role.

He also appreciated the new US administration’s approach of handling the Covid pandemic challenges.

He stated that Bangladesh wants to elevate her relations with the US from partnership to a strategic level through maintaining a close and sustained contact with the US leadership, said the spokesperson.

“In this regard, he emphasised the exchange of visits at the highest political levels between the two countries”.

In this context, the Bangladesh foreign minister expressed hope that President Biden would visit Bangladesh soon.

He also invited Secretary of State Blinken to visit Bangladesh to see the socio-economic achievements and to join the celebration of the Birth Centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of the independence of Bangladesh.

“The secretary of state lauded Bangladesh’s “remarkable” economic performance, noted the existing strong economic partnership between two countries and stated that the US considers Bangladesh as a crucial economic and security partner in Indo-Pacific region.”

On tackling the Covid-19, the foreign minister briefed his counterpart on Bangladesh government’s effective handling of the pandemic including the ongoing the vaccination program that have reduced the number of infection and fatality on the one hand and kept the economy running.

He noted with satisfaction the excellent cooperation between the two countries in tackling Covid-19, as manifested through the US donation of high-quality ventilators and Bangladesh’s supply of 6.5 million PPE to the US in the initial phase of the pandemic.

The foreign minister said that Bangladesh is ready to supply medical instruments, like syringes.

The secretary of state appreciated Bangladesh’s remarkable success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic situation and hoped that both the countries would be able to find newer avenues for collaboration in the post Covid-19 era by mutual support and co-operation.

The foreign minister also requested the US secretary of state to consider providing assistance in water management.
Both sides agreed to work together on the promotion of democracy, good governance and human rights.

The Bangladesh foreign minister underscored the need for early deportation of Rashed Chowdhury, the self-confessed killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in the spirit of the shared values of establishing good governance, rule of law and justice.

Mr Momen said while his government was working with the US Department of Justice on this issue, support from the State Department on this important matter will be greatly appreciated.

On Rohingya issue, the foreign minister expressed his gratitude to the US government for its humanitarian and political support to Bangladesh to cope with the Rohingya exodus.

In this regard, he emphasised that the US should take the lead and bring the international community together to put enough political pressure on Myanmar to create condition for the sustainable return of the Rohingya.

Thanking the US government for imposing sanctions on some individuals, he encouraged the US government to take more stringent measures like imposing economic sanction and withdrawing GSP facilities of Myanmar.

“Foreign Minister Dr Momen further recommended that the US may appoint a Special Envoy on Rohingya, in order to press Myanmar to create a conducive environment for the repatriation of the displaced Rohingyas to Myanmar.”

“Secretary Blinken appreciated Bangladesh for sheltering over one million Rohingya and showed his government’s full understanding of the tremendous pressure it has created on the government and the people of Bangladesh.”

Expressing concern on the disruption in the democratic process in Myanmar, Secretary Blinken assured that the US would continue its support for Bangladesh on Rohingya issue.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen welcomed the decision of the US to return to the Paris Climate Agreement.

Recalling his recent discussion with US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry, he also hoped that the new US administration with their climate agenda would be more actively engaged with climate vulnerable countries including Bangladesh to address the threats and challenges posed by impacts of climate change, including on issues like loss and damage.

He expressed optimism that the two sides would be able to work closely on climate change before and during the upcoming COP26, said the spokesperson.

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Best of luck to Parchula (toupée) Momen.

Let's see if he can actually get $hit done on the ground in Bangladesh (bring in some US investments) instead of the usual preaching he does...
 

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Bangladesh, US to work together on crucial issues,

Momen meets Blinken in Washington DC




Diplomatic Correspondent

Dhaka and Washington have agreed to work together to promote democracy, good governance and human rights while further strengthening bilateral relations and enhancing cooperation on global issues.

The consensus came during a phone conversation between Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken late Tuesday.

Momen is currently on a visit to Washington DC -- the first one after Joe Biden assumed power and announced that his administration would work on addressing climate change, promoting multilateralism, democracy, good governance and human rights.

Apart from engagement with Blinken, which could not be held in-person due to Covid-19 restrictions, Momen was scheduled to deliver two speeches on the Rohingya crisis, meet some US Congressmen and give interviews to two US media outlets in response to "negative propaganda" against Bangladesh, especially regarding extrajudicial killings.

Bangladesh's foreign ministry said the visit is meant to reach out to the new US administration to further enhance the level of cooperation between the two countries having bilateral annual trade of about $9 billion, which could be much higher if potentials are harnessed.

The US suspended GSP facilities of Bangladesh following the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013, and Bangladesh has been seeking reconsideration of the GSP facilities.

On the Rohingya issue, Bangladesh also sought the leading role of the US, which provided the biggest humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas.

In a statement, the US State Department said the two leaders discussed the situation in Myanmar, a durable solution to the Rohingya refugee crisis, and the importance of respect for labour and human rights.

They also discussed ways of strengthening bilateral economic ties, cooperation on counter terrorism, defence and common challenges like climate change together.

"Good to speak with Foreign Minister @AKAbdulMomen and congratulate him on Bangladesh's 50th anniversary of independence.

We affirmed the strong, enduring US-Bangladesh relationship and look forward to working together to address challenges in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific," Blinken tweeted.

In a separate statement, Bangladesh's foreign ministry said Momen congratulated the new US administration for upholding the democratic process with a strong popular mandate, assuming once again America's global leadership role.

He said Bangladesh wants to elevate her relations with the US from partnership to a strategic level through maintaining close and sustained contact with the US leadership, emphasising on the exchange of visits at the highest political levels between the two countries.

Momen sought early deportation of Rashed Chowdhury, the self-confessed killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in the spirit of the shared values of establishing good governance, the rule of law and justice.

He urged the US to take the lead and bring the international community together to put enough political pressure on Myanmar to create condition for sustainable return of the Rohingyas, while encouraging more stringent measures like imposing economic sanction and withdrawing GSP facilities of Myanmar.

He also recommended that the US appoint a special envoy on Rohingya.

Momen briefed on Bangladesh's effective handling of the coronavirus pandemic and noted the US donation of high-quality ventilators to Bangladesh, and Bangladesh's supply of 6.5 million PPE to the US.

He said Bangladesh is ready to supply medical instruments, like syringes.

Blinken hoped both the countries would be able to find newer avenues for collaboration in the post Covid-19 era by mutual support and cooperation.

As Momen sought US investment in Special Economic Zones and High-Tech Parks, Blinken sought favourable policy support from Bangladesh to enable a business and investment climate for promoting more trade and investment between the two countries.

Both sides hoped the US companies would take advantage of the competitiveness of Bangladesh and invest in the country in much greater volume, particularly in the areas of ICT, energy, pharmaceuticals and infrastructural development.

Momen invited Blinken to visit Bangladesh soon to attend the celebrations of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence. He hoped that President Biden would visit Bangladesh soon.

Blinken lauded Bangladesh's economic performance, and noted that the US considers Bangladesh a crucial economic and security partner in the Indo-Pacific region​
 

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United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during his conversation with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, sought favourable policy support from Bangladesh government to secure enabling business and investment climate for promoting more trade and investment between the two countries, a spokesperson of the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
Bold letters: Many developed countries in Europe and also Japan are saying the same thing. But, the inept GoB wants to bring investment by saying only the soothing words without any documentary change in the investment rules.

Now, businesses out of China are going to India and ASEAN including Vietnam. No one is coming to our Golden Bangladesh. There is no single body here where the investors can go and ask for information, and Hasina understands nothing about FDIs though she incessantly talks about BD becoming another Germany in 2041. No doubt, BD somehow has the Aladin's Magic Lamp.
 

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Bold letters: Many developed countries in Europe and also Japan are saying the same thing. But, the inept GoB wants to bring investment by saying only the soothing words without any documentary change in the investment rules.

Now, businesses out of China are going to India and ASEAN including Vietnam. No one is coming to our Golden Bangladesh. There is no single body here where the investors can go and ask for information, and Hasina understands nothing about FDIs though she incessantly talks about BD becoming another Germany in 2041. No doubt, BD somehow has the Aladin's Magic Lamp.

This is the one stop portal that you say do not exist....



Not very flashy but it is there.
 

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This is the one stop portal that you say do not exist....



Not very flashy but it is there.
They (BIDA) are also working on a secure portal where individual foreign investors and businesses will have accounts to submit problem tickets and get issues resolved. Don't know if that is reality yet.
 

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This is the one stop portal that you say do not exist....



Not very flashy but it is there.
The only problem is, neither Japan nor America or its western allies really understand what is written there in BIDA, and therefore, they keep on nagging about the clarity of rules written on the BIDA pages.

What do mean by the one-stop portal? is it like in Vietnam or Cambodia where the interested FDI guys visit one Office/Window, ask for the papers/docs to be submitted. After the submission, the govt authorized Office will seek permission from all other necessary govt offices.FDI guys will submit the docs. and come back on a predetermined date to collect the final permission and would set up the shop.

So, if this is true for BD, then I see no reason for the investor countries to keep on complaining about the clarities. I heard the FDI guys have to visit 23 authorized Offices. The govt Offices are all without any system. Each application has to be checked and signed by all the clerical staff and officers. So, it takes months or years to get all the papers signed by them.

You won't believe me. But, go and visit any BD govt Office and you will see for yourself what is real Bangladesh when it is govt offices.
 

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The only problem is, neither Japan nor America or its western allies really understand what is written there in BIDA, and therefore, they keep on nagging about the clarity of rules written on the BIDA pages.

What do mean by the one-stop portal? is it like in Vietnam or Cambodia where the interested FDI guys visit one Office/Window, ask for the papers/docs to be submitted. After the submission, the govt authorized Office will seek permission from all other necessary govt offices.FDI guys will submit the docs. and come back on a predetermined date to collect the final permission and would set up the shop.

So, if this is true for BD, then I see no reason for the investor countries to keep on complaining about the clarities. I heard the FDI guys have to visit 23 authorized Offices. The govt Offices are all without any system. Each application has to be checked and signed by all the clerical staff and officers. So, it takes months or years to get all the papers signed by them.

You won't believe me. But, go and visit any BD govt Office and you will see for yourself what is real Bangladesh when it is govt offices.

The website claims its a one stop shop.... this is what it explicitly states...

Reality maybe different, i do not know. It could look better but has everything in it.
They (BIDA) are also working on a secure portal where individual foreign investors and businesses will have accounts to submit problem tickets and get issues resolved. Don't know if that is reality yet.

This is it... once you create an account and you are vetted....all govt agencies can be contacted through this website. You also get a dedicated agent who is supposed to liaise with all on your behalf.
 

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The website claims its a one stop shop.... this is what it explicitly states...

Reality maybe different, i do not know. It could look better but has everything in it.



This is it... once you create an account and you are vetted....all govt agencies can be contacted through this website. You also get a dedicated agent who is supposed to liaise with all on your behalf.
I am not sure if you are right why should there be so many complaints by other countries one after another? Burma, Vietnam, other ASEAN countries and India are awash with FDIs, but not BD.

Whatever you say, but you have to know the mindset of BD people. They are not interested in the welfare of the country but care about their own pockets, top to bottom.

Go and see everything by yourself instead of reading a few BIDA pages. You may also ask a guy who tried to invest in BD. All the Japanese companies who are leaving China are going to India. I have sent the news in another thread.

At least, ask the govt to fix the corporate taxation system so that FDI companies do not suffer at the whims of tax people.
 

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