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A shake of hands with Denmark

Such developments can also open up avenues through which we can upgrade our trade infrastructure

Update : 06 Jan 2024, 01:34 PM
The recent announcement regarding the construction of a new container terminal -- made possible through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bangladesh and Denmark –– paves the way for deeper relationships between our two nations.

The MoU, signed in 2017 on a government-to-government basis, signifies a truly strong partnership between Bangladesh and Denmark, and is emblematic of our nation’s approach to bilateral ties over the past few years which has yielded a number of positive developments when it comes to infrastructural development. 

There have been a number of developments in our relationship with Denmark, one of the more recent of which is the Joint Action Plan Framework on Green Framework Engagement launched in June of last year. Bangladesh has also been a part of the Danish Development Assistance since 1971 -- a scheme under which Denmark helps Bangladesh with transport, agriculture, rural development, etc.

Now, with the new container terminal being developed through a collaboration between the Chittagong Port Authority and Denmark’s APM Terminals, we are on the cusp of seeing the efforts behind maintaining this long-held partnership come to fruition.

Such developments can also open up avenues through which we can upgrade our trade infrastructure. We have high ambitions to become one of the key ports in Asia, but achieving such a feat is going to be no easy task. If we can leverage our network of international partners through public-private partnerships (as we have done with Denmark), Bangladesh can expedite aspects of its infrastructure development over a relatively short amount of time.
 
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