Our Honorable PM Sheik Hasina’s recent visit to Japan has been significant in many regards.
Bangladesh and Japan Sign Eight MoCs to Boost Strategic Partnership
To deepen their strategic collaboration, Bangladesh and Japan have signed eight agreements and memorandums of cooperation (MoCs). The Memorandums of cooperation span a wide range of sectors of cooperation and are intended to foster mutual benefit and prosperity for both nations. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met with her Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, in Tokyo to review the agreements and strengthen bilateral ties.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina Hold Summit Meeting
At the summit meeting, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina discussed the eight MoCs and how they would benefit both countries. The MoCs cover agriculture, customs matters, defense, ICT and cybersecurity, industrial upgrading, intellectual property, ship recycling, and metro rail. The meeting was a significant step for Bangladesh’s growth, as they will be able to leverage Japan’s advanced technologies and socioeconomic development experiences.
Bangladesh and Japan Elevate Bilateral Relations to Strategic Partnership
The eight MoCs signed by Bangladesh and Japan represent an elevation of their bilateral relations from a comprehensive partnership to a strategic partnership. Both countries affirmed their commitment to upholding a free and open international order based on the rule of law as strategic partners. They also pledged to work together to increase bilateral relations and expand cooperation in the international community.
PM Hasina Thanks Japan for Development Partnership
PM Hasina expressed her gratitude to Japan for being one of Bangladesh’s largest development partners. She highlighted Japan’s special place in the hearts of the Bangladeshi people, noting that Japan was among the few countries that gave early recognition to Bangladesh in 1972. PM Hasina also recalled the historic visit of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation, to Japan in 1973, which laid the foundation of lasting friendship between the two countries.
Separate Meeting With Other Investors
She also met with Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) Dr Tanaka Akihiko, Chairman of the Japan-Bangladesh Committee for Commercial and Economic Cooperation (JBCCEC) Fumiya Kokubu, Chairman and CEO of Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro) Ishig-uro Norihiko, and President of the Japan-Bangladesh Parliamentary Friendship League (JBPFL) Taro Aso.
Our esteemed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed optimism that the outstanding understanding, friendship, and collaboration that exists between the peoples and governments of the two nations will grow even stronger in the years ahead.