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28 July, 2021 07:28:59 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 29 July, 2021 04:40:31 PM
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Salman seeks partnership with US vaccine-producing companies

BSS, Dhaka
Salman seeks partnership with US vaccine-producing companies

Prime Minister’s private industry and investment adviser Salman F. Rahman has urged the United States (US) to encourage their vaccine-producing companies to partner with capable pharmaceutical companies in Bangladesh.  

Bangladesh is ready to make necessary investments for the capacity enhancement of its pharmaceutical companies for such partnerships, he said during a meeting with Senior Official for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment of the US Department of State Ambassador Marcia Bernicat at the US Department of State in Washington, DC on Tuesday, an official handout said here today.  

Ambassador Bernicat stated that the US would prioritize Bangladesh in its plan for expanding production of PPE as well as COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics.
 
She also appreciated the Bangladesh government’s efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country.
 
Prime Minister’s adviser thanked the US government for providing more than 5.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Bangladesh through COVAX framework.  
 
Recalling the two countries’ close cooperation to combat COVID-19 since the early days of the pandemic, Salman F Rahman stressed scaling up the global production of the COVID-19 vaccines and other pandemic management equipment to tackle the virus.  
 
The meeting was a follow-up of the first Bangladesh-US Economic Partnership meeting, held virtually on September 30 last year.  
 
The adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on public health as well as the global economy were discussed at length during the meeting.  
 
Bangladesh and the US have expressed willingness to work more closely to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  
 
The participants of the follow-up meeting expressed satisfaction over the ongoing economic cooperation between the two countries and progress made in the areas of collaboration identified during the 2020 Partnership Meeting.  
 
They also underlined the need for remaining engaged through different institutional mechanisms and beyond to further deepen the partnership between the two friendly governments.
 
The discussion also covered a range of other issues, including labor rights and safety, cooperation in the areas of energy, climate change and agriculture, US investment in Bangladesh, technology transfer and restoring Biman flights from Dhaka to New York.  
 
Salman described various new initiatives at the behest of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to further improve labor rights and safety in the country.  
 
Bernicat appreciated Bangladesh’s persistent efforts and offered their help to make even more progress in the sector.  
 
The US side also highly lauded Bangladesh government’s recent move to cancel coal-based power plants.
 
Both sides recognized that the 2020 Economic Partnership Meeting provided momentum to the ongoing collaboration between the two countries and agreed to hold the second round of the meeting later this year.
 
The meeting was also attended by senior secretary of finance division Abdur Rouf Talukder, Bangladesh ambassador to the US M Shahidul Islam, commerce secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh, ERD secretary Fatima Yasmin and officials of the US Department of State.

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