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Cooperation through connectivity

Increased connectivity will remain key in the coming years

Update : 08 Oct 2023, 05:45 PM

With Bangladesh’s ambitious plans to give the economy more of a middle-income outlook, it is now more important than ever for the government to forge regional relationships that can weather even the fiercest storms.

To that end, Japan’s recent statement that the nation will continue to make concrete efforts that contribute to strengthening connectivity for the sake of "peace, stability, and prosperity" within the region, offers some hearty assurance to that end.

Japan recently helped Bangladesh build the third terminal of Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, and it is nothing if not incredibly appropriate that one of our strongest regional partners would help us improve the literal entry way to our country.

Increased connectivity will remain key in the coming years as Bangladesh moves towards greater volumes of trade and a larger economic presence overall, and an inextricable part of that will be improving the state of our regional connectivity -- earlier in April Japan and Bangladesh launched a strategic partnership that has seen progress in areas such as cooperation in defense equipment.

Lest we forget, the much-vaunted Dhaka Metro Rail would not have been possible without Japan’s expertise in the area of trains and intra-national connectivity in general.

As our nation speeds towards making its middle income aspirations come true, it will become increasingly more important that Bangladesh is well-connected to its neighbouring countries. We hope that this understanding will ensure that similar projects are undertaken in the future, as increased connectivity between Bangladesh and countries like Japan will not only allow the region-at-large to flourish economically, but they can also help pave the road towards benefitting individual citizens of each nation as well. 

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