Qatar's Amir promises larger supply of LNG to Bangladesh


The Amir of Qatar on Wednesday assured Bangladesh of providing all sorts of facilities regarding larger supply of LNG from his country.

“I promise you that I, being the Amir, will provide all sorts of facilities to you as you are a friendly country,” Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani was quoted as telling prime minister Sheikh Hasina during a meeting at Amiri Diwan in Doha.

The two leaders also discussed different issues of bilateral cooperation on energy, business, investment, Bangladeshi manpower as well as Muslim Ummah and development of Bangladesh. “This meeting was held in a very warm environment,” said foreign minister AK Abdul Momen at a press briefing.

About energy, the Amir said the negotiation of signing a new contract over the larger supply of energy from Qatar to Bangladesh remains pending for a few months. Momen said it (the promise) is a big achievement for Bangladesh, adding that this fresh contract might be signed anytime soon.

Now Bangladesh is importing some 40 containers of energy that means 1.8-2.5 MTA as per a 15-year contract signed in 2017. But now Bangladesh seeks the larger supply of LNG from Qatar.

Praising Hasina’s leadership, the Amir of Qatar said that they once knew that Bangladesh was a disaster and poverty-stricken country. But when Sheikh Hasina came to power, she removed the food deficit in Bangladesh.

In this context, the prime minister said her government brought down the poverty rate to 18.5 per cent from 41 per cent and the extreme poverty rate to 5.6 per cent from 25 per cent in the last 14 and a half years. “I’ve made Bangladesh free from poverty. Poverty is a curse,” she was quoted as saying.

PM Hasina said she has the only goal to turn Bangladesh into a developed country as dreamt by her father (the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman).

“We’ve progressed to some extent. But my work has not finished. I want to work more. But I alone can’t do it. I seek your assistance. I need more investment. I have opened my country. You can come with investment for mutual benefits,” she told the Amir.

Hasina invited the Amir of Qatar to visit Bangladesh, if possible within this year. In response, the Amir said he would definitely visit Bangladesh. Talking about the Muslim Ummah, the PM said the Muslim countries get engaged in conflicts on trivial matter in some cases, which is a barrier for the unity of the Ummah.

She requested the Amir of Qatar to work for the unity of Muslim Ummah for the development of the world Muslim community. In reply, the Amir said he may not be able to make the Muslim Ummah united, but he will endeavour in this regard.

About the fear of losing jobs among Bangladeshi workers in Qatar, the Amir said 370,000 Bangladeshis are currently here and they are blessings for Qatar. Qatar is going to take new projects and the Bangladeshi people will stay here and they are industrious and working sincerely. “We’re very happy with Bangladeshis,” he was quoted as saying.