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Pompeo: Bangladesh's PPE export to US 'significant milestone'

  • Published at 03:28 pm June 1st, 2020
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File photo: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at the State Department, in Washington, US, April 29, 2020 Reuters

He said international partnerships like these are crucial as companies focus their production on supplying the PPE needed by frontline workers around the world

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appreciated Bangladesh for exporting PPE to the US market, terming it a "significant milestone."

He said international partnerships like these are crucial as companies focus their production on supplying the PPE needed by frontline workers around the world, reports UNB.

"I join @USAmbBangladesh in congratulating Bangladesh for this significant milestone. International partnerships like these are crucial as companies focus their production on supplying the PPE needed by frontline workers around the world. #Covid19," Pompeo said retweeting US Ambassador Earl Miller's tweet on Sunday.

The US Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at US Department of State said through their partnerships and innovation, together they will beat Covid-19.

In a separate tweet, the Bureau thanked the Beximco and Hanes partnership for the fast response to make PPE shipment to the US a reality.

US National Security Council also tweeted saying, "Great to see the partnership between the US and Bangladesh growing stronger as we support each other in the #Covid19 fight and work together toward economic recovery."

Earlier, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh demonstrated its ability to meet global needs amid coronavirus pandemic by exporting PPE to the USA though some people unnecessarily mocked at when he disclosed such opportunities two months back.

"Our businesspeople are very smart. They did it so quickly (exporting first consignment of personal protective equipment)," he told UNB.

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

Many were simply surprised and opined that it was impossible apparently criticized the Foreign Minister on social media platforms.

Though the USA sent a list of 22 items initially, they extended the list and made it a list 25 items.

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

Foreign Minister Dr Momen said Bangladesh is giving these medical supplies not only to the USA but other countries too.

The Foreign Minister said Bangladeshi garment owners made 0.5 million to 0.6 million PPEs for domestic use within a week when coronavirus was identified in Bangladesh.

On May 25, Bangladesh joined the select group of countries that manufacture world-class, large-scale Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by shipping 6.5 million PPE gowns to 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.

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