US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has termed it “significant milestone” as he lauded Bangladesh for exporting personal protective equipment (PPE) to the US market during the time of coronavirus crisis.
He said international partnerships like these are crucial as companies focus their production on supplying the PPE needed by frontline workers around the world.
“I join @USAmbBangladesh in congratulating Bangladesh for this significant milestone. International partnerships like these are crucial as companies focus their production on supplying the PPE needed by frontline workers around the world. #COVID19," Pompeo said retweeting US Ambassador Earl Miller's tweet.
The US Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at US Department of State said through their partnerships and innovation, together they will beat COVID-19.
In a separate tweet, the Bureau thanked the Beximco and Hanes partnership for the fast response to make PPE shipment to the US a reality.
US National Security Council also tweeted saying, “Great to see the partnership between the U.S. and Bangladesh growing stronger as we support each other in the #COVID19 fight and work together toward economic recovery.”
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen earlier said Bangladesh has demonstrated its ability to meet global needs amid coronavirus pandemic by exporting PPE to the US.
He said some people “unnecessarily mocked” at when he disclosed such opportunities two months back.
On March 23, Dr Momen told the media that US had sent a list of 22 items that they would like to import from Banhladesh.
Many were simply surprised and opined that it was impossible apparently criticized the foreign minister on social media platforms.
Some opined that a developed country like US can never ask Bangladesh to supply medical equipment.
Bangladesh supplies to US nearly $6 billion worth of garments annually.
The US has extended the list to 25 items. There was discussion about Bangladeshi businesspeople and diplomats where it was conveyed that Bangladesh is capable of exporting 14 items out of the US list.
Dr Momen said Bangladesh is giving these medical supplies not only to the USA but other countries too.
He said Bangladeshi garment owners made 5-6 lakh PPE for domestic use within a week when coronavirus was identified in Bangladesh.
On May 25, Bangladesh joined the select group of countries that manufacture world-class, large-scale Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by shipping 6.5 million PPE gowns to US brand Hanes, for ultimate delivery to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam and Ambassador Miller saw off the first shipment at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.