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Visiting prof hails Bangla-Japan ties for social, economic dev

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Visiting prof hails Bangla-Japan ties for social, economic dev

Lauding Bangladesh’s remarkable development in the economic and social sectors, a visiting Japanese professor yesterday said Japan will continue its cooperation with the country as a trusted friend.

Prof. Naohiro Kitano of Waseda University also said Japan will stand alongside Bangladesh for continued its cooperation in various fields, especially in the development of energy, urban transport network, waste management, economic zones and academic exchange.

The Japanese academician also recalled the longstanding relationship between the two countries and focused on different aspects of mutual cooperation.

Kitano came up with the statement while delivering a lecture on “Bangladesh-Japan Development Cooperation for Enhanced Connectivity” jointly organised by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and the Japanese embassy at BIISS auditorium in Dhaka. BISS director general Major General AKM Abdur Rahman delivered the welcome speech and minister at the Japanese embassy Takeshi Ito also spoke on the occasion.

About economic and social development, Kitano said: “Bangladesh has mainly been successful because of a three-pronged strategy like the penetration of NGOs and micro finance institutes in the rural community, development in readymade garment industries and significant investment in infrastructure, specially the construction of bridges which have helped connect the fragmented economy.”

Kitano, a professor of science and engineering at Waseda University, also highlighted Japan’s various connectivity initiatives, especially the Bay of Bengal Industrial Growth Belt (BIG-B) and Transport Network Development for Regional Connectivity. He also talked about the enhancement of institutional connectivity, people to people connectivity, and the importance of Indo-Pacific belt for future development of the countries in this region.

The professor said Japan recognised Bangladesh in 1972 and started providing official development assistance (ODA) loans in 1974. Since then, the Japanese government has been assisting Bangladesh in various fields like solid waste management, the development of economic zones and a mass rapid transport (MRT) project under Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), he added.

He said Bangladesh can take lessons from Japan for development activities in various fields.

On his part, the BISS DG said Japan has been a trusted friend of Bangladesh since independence. He also said there were many similarities between the two countries like the cultural linkage between Bangladesh and Japan was inbuilt and there was even a similarity between the flags of the two countries.

Abdur Rahman further said Japanese brands and products were very appreciable here and people bought them without any hesitation.

Takeshi Ito said there were bilateral partnerships between the two countries in power, waste management, education, maternity health, social, environment and politics. Such cooperation will continue in future to strengthen the ties between the two countries, he added.

During the open discussion, the participants, including senior officials from different ministries of Bangladesh, representatives from various organisations concerned, business personalities, academicians, researchers and teachers, sought cooperation of Japan in various fields including training in technical education in Bangladesh.

 

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