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Bangladesh, Kenya hold first-ever political talk

Published : 25 Jul 2022 12:58 AM | Updated : 25 Jul 2022 04:35 PM

A-10 member delegation led by Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya Moi Lemoshira joined the first-ever foreign office consultations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka on Sunday to explore areas of cooperation.

The delegation will also join meetings with government agencies and apex chambers and visit export processing zones and manufacturing industries in Bangladesh.

Secretary (East) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Mashfee Binte Shams led the Bangladesh side.

Lemoshira mentioned that the consultations will help in identifying new areas of cooperation and strengthen the existing relations.

He said that apart from diplomatic relations, the necessity of augmenting relations in trade and economic areas is increasingly felt.

Both sides agreed to develop cooperation in areas like agriculture including contract farming, technical exchanges in IT, education, youth cooperation, air connectivity, blue economy, cooperation between investment authorities and food security. 

Ambassador Mashfee Binte Shams briefed the delegation on the remarkable socio-economic achievements of Bangladesh in recent years.

She mentioned that there may be exchanges of knowledge and training in agriculture, IT, women  empowerment and UN peacekeeping areas. She also highlighted the importance of exchange of trade delegations.

The Kenyan side expressed interest to initiate cooperation between the Foreign Service Academies of the two countries.

Lemoshira underlined establishing joint economic cooperation and signing of joint trade agreements. Both sides also pledged to continue cooperation at bilateral and multilateral platforms like UN, CommonWealth and IORA.

At the end of the meeting, Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and the Kenyan Head of delegation signed the MoUs on bilateral political consultations and cooperation between Foreign Service Academies.