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Bangladesh seeks Vietnam’s support to be Asean’s sectoral dialogue partner

  • Published at 03:13 pm March 5th, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:28 am March 6th, 2018
Bangladesh seeks Vietnam’s support to be Asean’s sectoral dialogue partner
Bangladesh has reiterated its keen interest to intensify political, trade, and economic relations with Asean countries, and sought Vietnam’s support to become its sectoral dialogue partner. Bangladesh also urged Vietnam for support in joining the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC). Vietnam agreed to give due consideration to the requests on the basis of consulting with Asean and MGC member countries, according to a joint statement issued on Monday. At the invitation of President Abdul Hamid, President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang and his wife Nguyen Thi Hien are currently on a state visit to Bangladesh. The visit marks the 45th anniversary of Bangladesh-Vietnam diplomatic relations. The two sides expressed satisfaction at the growing volume of bilateral trade which in 2017 amounted to nearly $900 million, an increase of around 50% from 2016. The two sides also agreed to hold the second meeting of the Joint Committee on Trade in 2018 to seek avenues to enhance bilateral trade. To promote bilateral investment, the two sides stressed the need to effectively implement the Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Investment, and agreed to create the best conditions for entrepreneurs and business communities to explore opportunities in both countries. Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation and share experiences and know-how in developing sustainable agriculture and aquaculture. The two sides welcomed the signing of the MoU on Cooperation in the field of Fisheries and Livestock and MoU of machinery manufacturing cooperation. They agreed to promote cooperation in education and training. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appreciated Vietnam’s FPT University for offering 100 scholarships to Bangladeshi students for the year 2017-2018. Both sides welcomed the signing of the Cultural Exchange Program between the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam. They stressed the need for implementation of the Air Service Agreement to establish direct air connectivity between the two countries to foster trade, tourism, and people-to-people contact. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought Vietnam’s support for a peaceful solution to the ongoing Rohingya crisis. President Tran Dai Quang expressed his support for a viable and long-term solution to the problem for the sake of peace, stability, and development in the region. The two sides stressed the importance of maintaining peace, stability, and the rule-based order for the seas and oceans, including security, safety, and freedoms of navigation and over-flight, in accordance with international law. They emphasized peaceful settlement of all the international disputes, including territorial and maritime disputes, in accordance with international law, including the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Both sides agreed to continue their support for the observations of the Declaration on the conduct of parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and look forward to the conclusion of a substantive Code of Conduct (COC). The two sides expressed satisfaction at the honest and candid discussion in the spirit of mutual understanding, as well as at the important outcomes realized during the visit.