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Foreign Minister: Bangladesh capable of meeting global needs

  • Published at 07:05 pm May 28th, 2020
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen
File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Beximco sent a shipment of 6.5 million PPE gowns to the US on Monday

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen says Bangladesh has demonstrated its ability to meet global needs amid coronavirus pandemic by exporting PPE to the US though some had mocked the prospect when he spoke about such opportunities two months ago.

"Our businesspeople are very smart. They did it so quickly [exporting first consignment of PPE]," he said, reports UNB.

On March 23, Dr Momen told the media that the US had sent a list of 22 items that they would like to import from Bangladesh. 

But many were surprised and said it was impossible, apparently criticising the Foreign Minister on social media. 

Some said a developed country like the US can never ask Bangladesh to supply medical equipment although they know that Bangladesh supplies to the US nearly $6 billion worth of garments annually. 

Though the US sent a list of 22 items initially, they added three more items to it.

There was discussion about Bangladeshi businesspeople and diplomats where it was conveyed that Bangladesh is capable of exporting 14 items on the US list.

Foreign Minister Dr Momen said Bangladesh is giving these medical supplies not only to the US but other countries too. "We’re sending these to some countries as donation apart from exporting to some countries," he said.

The Foreign Minister said Bangladeshi garment owners made 5,00,000-6,00,000 PPE for domestic use within a week when coronavirus was identified in Bangladesh. 

On May 25, Bangladesh joined a select group of countries that manufacture world-class, large-scale PPE by shipping 6.5 million PPE gowns to the US brand Hanes, for ultimate delivery to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam and US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller attended a function and saw off the first shipment at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahriar Alam said like the rest of the world, Bangladesh is also facing the toughest of times in trying to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. 

“And in these trying times, it is remarkable to see that within this short span of two months Bangladesh was able to foray into this much regulated market with such a sensitive healthcare product, with just not ten or twenty thousand pieces but 6.5 million pieces. What an achievement,” he said, lauding Beximco for its contribution to the Bangladesh economy.

US Ambassador Miller said the event marked “the first major shipment of PPE into the US.” 

Miller said all this happened in less than two months.

“US welcomes Bangladesh’s world-class large-scale PPE production to the global marketplace. The Beximco-Hanes partnership is another great example of how our two great nations are combating the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

As Covid-19 turned into a pandemic, it has become clear that there will be a desperate need for PPE to keep medical professionals and the general public safe.   

Beximco has proudly joined the fight against the pandemic by moving swiftly to add manufacturing capabilities in PPE items such as gowns, masks and coveralls, said Beximco CEO and Group Director Syed Naved Husain.

He said the Covid-19 had changed how the world works, and that Beximco had to urgently respond.  “In just two months, we’ve unleashed our world-class manufacturing, technical and design talent to switch over and start making personal protection equipment and help increase the supply of PPE which is urgently needed in Bangladesh and worldwide.”

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