PM Hasina likely to visit Japan in April

Newly appointed Japanese ambassador Iwama Kiminori pays a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the PM’s official residence, Ganabhaban, Dhaka on 11 January 2023

The stalled visit to Japan of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to  be held in April next.

“The prime minister has preferred to visit Japan in April next as newly appointed Japanese ambassador Iwama Kiminori offered her to visit Japan in March or April during a courtesy call on her,” PM’s speechwriter M Nazrul Islam told a news briefing after the meeting.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was scheduled to visit Japan from 29 November to 1 December last year.

During the meeting held at the PM’s official residence, Ganabhaban, Sheikh Hasina thanked Japan for their cooperation in constructing the metro rail in Dhaka and hoped that Japan will continue its cooperation in building other lines of the metro rail.

She said the metro rail has attracted huge public attention.

The prime minister has sought Japanese investments in the Sabrang Tourism Special Economic Zone in Cox’s Bazar alongside various sectors in Bangladesh in larger volume as Bangladesh offers the best investment facilities for foreign investors among the Asian countries.

Future relation will be strategic relation
Iwama Kiminori , Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh

The Sabrang tourism spot is dedicated only for the foreign tourists, she said inviting Japan for taking the charge of sea beach management of that economic zone.

Mentioning Bangladesh’s geographical advantages, she said foreign investors can take the advantage of the huge market of 3.5 billion people surrounding Bangladesh.

She thanked Japan for constructing the 3rd Terminal at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

The prime minister assured that a Japanese company will be given charge of the management of that terminal.

Terming Japan as one of the best friends of Bangladesh since its Independence, she said, “Japan is close to the hearts of me and my family members.”

The prime minister in this connection said Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman visited Japan in 1973 with his younger daughter Sheikh Rehana and youngest son Sheikh Russel.

Mentioning that Japan and Bangladesh has a long-standing relations, the Japanese envoy assured that he will work to take the bilateral relationship to the next level.

“Future relation will be strategic relation,” he said.

He assured of extending all out cooperation from Japan to Bangladesh to materialise its aspiration of becoming a developed and prosperous country by 2041.

He also said that he would work to strengthen the activities of Japan-Bangladesh framework for enhancing bilateral trade and commerce.

The Japanese envoy further said he would work to bring more Japanese investment to Bangladesh alongside strengthening economic and trade relations between the countries.

About the Rohingya issue, he said that Bangladesh wants that Rohigyas would return to their homeland.

“Japan through bilateral and ASEAN forum will peruse the matter,” he assured.

The envoy said his country will intensify humanitarian programme in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char while the JICA is working with UNHCR to this end.

Some Japanese NGOs are entrusted with working in these areas, he added.

An agreement is expected to be signed to strengthen assistance between Narayanganj city and Naruto city in Japan, the envoy added.

Ambassador at Large M Ziauddin and PMO secretary Mohammad Salahuddin were present at the meeting.