September 28, 2022, 7:05 pm

Diplomatic correspondent

2022-09-22 21:19:01 BdST

Momen calls for enhanced German footprints in Bangladesh’s investment landscape

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has emphasised on enhanced German footprints in Bangladesh’s investment landscape and referred to the increased presence of German enterprises in the transport, telecommunication, and renewable energy sectors.

He expressed hope that the portfolio of existing relations will further expand and diversify in the years to come which would include human connectivity through knowledge and skill partnerships.

He was addressing a reception organised by the Bangladesh Embassy in Berlin marking the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Diplomatic Relations between Bangladesh and Germany held on Monday (Sept 19) at Waldorf Astoria, Berlin in Germany. 

In his recorded video-message, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister flagged the importance of setting up of a representative office of German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bangladesh, as it continues to expand its presence in Asia.

He also expressed optimism that the constraints for student visas who choose Germany as their preferred destination for higher education would get renewed momentum in post COVID-19 scenario.

Momen referred to the German government’s plan to recruit foreign workforce and requested the German authorities to explore the possibility of integrating Bangladeshi citizens.

The Foreign Minister attributed Germany for being proactive since the latest influx of displaced Myanmar citizens to Bangladesh and expressed his optimism that Germany would remain seized with the issue during its non-permanent membership to the UN Security Council.

Speaking on the occasion, German Minister of State at Federal Foreign Office Tobias Lindner has highly praised the tremendous development trajectory of Bangladesh in the last decade.

He flagged the issue of capacity building of Rohingya community for sustainable livelihoods and enhanced commitments from Bangladesh in Climate Actions which are some core values that are resonant to Germany’s commitment to Democracy, Human Rights, and commitments in combating Climate Change.

He hoped that both countries will work together in issues of common and mutual interests and mentioned the spontaneous support of German government concerning the Rohingya issue at UN and other multilateral fora. 

Earlier, the Ambassador of Bangladesh Md. Mosharraf Hossain Bhuyian in his opening remarks flagged the excellent relations existing between Bangladesh and Germany which is complemented through enhanced engagements and partnerships and robust bonds among the businesses of the two friendly countries.

He underlined that both countries possess common standpoints in Climate Change, Global peace, Migration, Human Rights, Security and Combating terrorism of any nature. He stressed on the importance of enhanced people-to-people ties, technology transfer, and exchange of academics, researchers, scientists and cooperation between the think-tanks of the two countries.

The Ambassador expressed his optimism that the Embassy of Bangladesh in Berlin will translate the existing engagements between the two counties to a new height through harnessing untapped areas of mutual interests.

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