Dhaka seeks Poland’s investment in HTPs, SEZs

Bangladesh has urged the Polish government to encourage Polish investors and entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh in Hi-Tech Parks (HTPs) and Specialized Economic Zones (SEZs), reports BSS.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, MP, today made the call as visiting Polish Government’s Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz paid a courtesy call at his office here on the last day of his two-day Dhaka visit.

During the meeting, the Foreign Minister urged the Polish delegation to encourage Polish investors and entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh in various sectors, including blue economy, shipbuilding, agricultural, food processing, energy cooperation also, said a press release this evening.

Emphasizing on the exchange of high-level visits among the business leaders and state-level representatives between the two countries, Dr Momen said both Bangladesh and Poland may realize the huge potentials of bilateral trade and commerce.

Polish Deputy Minister assured that Poland is keen to continue cooperation with Bangladesh, adding that the Polish government is considering to reopen its embassy in Dhaka.

During the bilateral talks, both sides agreed to increase trade and investment through various mechanisms like setting up a joint committee, exchanging business delegations, and signing up instrument of cooperation, the release read.

Abdul Momen mentioned that under the farsighted 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.

Earlier, the Polish deputy foreign minister held the first ever bilateral consultations between Bangladesh and Poland today at the State Guest House Meghna in the capital. The Polish delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz and the 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. Bangladesh and Poland agreed to reinforce and establish cooperation in the sectors like Education, Culture, Agriculture, Energy and Mining, Science and Technology, ICT, Defence and Blue Economy.

The foreign secretary also requested the Polish delegation to ease the visa issuance procedure for Bangladeshi students, businessmen and visitors. Referring to the availability of a good number of skilled and semi-skilled professionals and workers in Bangladesh, he proposed to the Polish government to import skilled and semi-skilled workers from Bangladesh to fulfill the labour shortage in Poland.

The foreign secretary thanked the Polish government for their heartfelt support during the War of Liberation in 1971. He expressed satisfaction over the growing rate of bilateral trade between the two countries which reached to the amount of 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.

During the meetings, both the foreign minister and the foreign secretary thanked the Polish government for their continued support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue, requesting that the Polish government’s necessary support would continue to ensure safe and dignified return of the Rohingyas to their homeland.

Later, 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. Earlier, Deputy Minister Przydacz visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on Tuesday and also paid tribute to the memories of the Father of the Nation and his family members who were brutally killed in 1975.