Dr M. Nazrul Islam, Charge d’Affaires of the Bangladesh Embassy in Beijing, called upon the Chinese to explore the abundant opportunities in Bangladesh.
He said: “I welcome our friends from China to visit Bangladesh to seize opportunities and explore beautiful Bangladesh.”
The Charge d’Affaires was speaking at the opening ceremony of the First Direct Passenger Flight between China and Bangladesh of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on Thursday.
The Bangladeshi diplomat mentioned that the cordial gesture and effective cooperation between the two countries, particularly since the visit of President Xi Jinping to Bangladesh in 2016 and the latest declarations during the recent visit of Wang Yi, have created an excellent environment for the people, businessmen, and investors.
Dr Nazrul said that Bangladesh is now the fastest growing economy in the Asia Pacific, and Dhaka has developed a clear vision and facilities to attract investment and business.
Tracing the history of the bilateral ties, he noted that the historic city of Guangzhou, earlier known as Canton, was the entry point of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during his historic visit to China in 1952 and 1957.
The visits and the travelogue written by Bangabandhu form the foundation of our bilateral relations in the modern days, he added.
He reminisced about how the embassy had relentlessly been working with the Chinese side to get permission for the flights both from Guangzhou and Kunming.
“Since I came to Beijing one year and a half ago, we have been relentlessly trying to open the flight of our national carrier, and at every encounter with the host government, we mentioned it. Due to the pandemic situation, it had been a complicated task,” he added.
He also shared the good news that China has already issued the relevant gazette to grant the additional one percent of Bangladeshi export items duty-free entry to China’s market, which was announced during China’s foreign minister’s recent visit to Dhaka. As a result, all textile products of Bangladesh have been incorporated into the list.
The Bangladeshi envoy expressed his gratitude to the government of China for taking moves to take back Bangladeshi students to their campuses in China.
The inaugural ceremony at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport was also attended by the officials of the Bangladesh Embassy in China, various departments of Baiyun Airport, and Biman Bangladesh Airlines.