Bangladesh under the able leadership of Honourbale Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina, a raft of high profile diplomatic engagement during the recently concluded G20 summit held in Delhi as the youngest nation in South Asia became the only country to be invited by India in the high profile gathering of world leaders. Taking up in a session, HPM Sheikh Hasina called upon the world leaders to come up with utmost sincerity to ensure a dignified life and prosperous future for all. "As equal members of the global family, we must, therefore, resolve to do our utmost for a dignified life and prosperous future for all," she said while addressing the "One Family" session at G20 Summit held at Bharat Mandapam Convention Centre at Pragati Maidan in India. The premier also placed five-point recommendations including implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, facilitation of the continuation of duty-free, quota-free market access for countries in transition from LDCs to developing ones, equal attention of women, half of the global population, for building peaceful, just, and inclusive societies and strengthening South-South and triangular cooperation among others.
HPM Sheikh Hasina joined the leaders of seven other countries, including US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the launch of the Global Biofuels Alliance at the G20 summit in Delhi, India, another testimony of growing influence of Bangladesh on global landscape. The alliance aims to accelerate global efforts to meet net zero emissions targets by facilitating trade in biofuels derived from sources including plant and animal waste. Apart from Bangladesh, other countries of the alliance are US, Brazil, the UAE, Singapore, Italy, Argentina, and Mauritius. The push for a biofuels alliance mirrors the International Solar Alliance launched by New Delhi and Paris in 2015 to bring clean and affordable solar energy within the reach of all.
In the run up to the recently concluded G20 summit, HPM Sheikh Hasina held a bilateral meeting with her Indian counterpart where the latter observed that "gladdening progress" had been made in the bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries over the last nine years. Both leaders witnessed the signing of three MoUs - Cooperation on Agricultural Research and Education between the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Extension of the Cultural Exchange Program from 2023 to 2025, and network connectivity between Bangladesh Bank and the National Payments Corporation of India to facilitate transactions in rupees and taka for trade. "Had productive deliberations with HPM Sheikh Hasina. The progress in India-Bangladesh relations over the last nine years has been very gladdening. Our talks covered areas such as connectivity, commercial linkage and more," the Honourbale Indian premier remarked.
On the sidelines of G20, HPM Sheikh Hasina held a bilateral meeting with Saudi Arab’s Honourable Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman where the latter assured Bangladesh’s HPM of providing his country’s support to take bilateral ties in newer heights. During the meeting, the Saudi’s HPM expressed gratitude to her Bangladesh counterpart over the contributions of Bangladeshi migrants to his country's economy. Saudi’s HPM also expressed his satisfaction with the ongoing investment made by Saudi investors in various projects in Bangladesh, including the Patenga Terminal, Payra Port, and ACWA Renewable Energy Project. HPM SheikhHasina, in turn, congratulated her counterpart for embarking on and achieving a number of social reforms in Saudi Arabia and for attaining numerous diplomatic successes in recent times.
In a show of support for flood affected families, at the instruction of HPM Sheikh Hasina, the government decided to send relief goods as emergency humanitarian aid to help the people affected by the floods in Libya. "In this situation, the decision to send relief goods as emergency humanitarian aid from the government of Bangladesh to help the people affected by the floods in Libya has been taken in accordance with the plan and overall coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs based on the honourable Prime Minister's instructions and coordinated development policy," according to media reports.
In another bilateral, HPM Sheikh Hasina held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit with Argentina’s Honourable President Dr Alberto Fernandez. During the discussion, Honourable President, Fernandez said that the people of Bangladesh have won the hearts of Argentines through their support for the Argentine football team. In turn, Bangladesh premier Sheikh Hasina thanked the Argentine president for opening an embassy in Dhaka and expressed her willingness to deepen cooperation in areas like sports, trade, agriculture, and agro-processing, among other areas.
During a historic visit by France’s Honourable President Emuel Macron in Bangladesh, Dhaka and Paris signed two bilateral instruments to enhance cooperation in different fields including infrastructure and satellite. Emuel Macron, the first French president to visit Bangladesh in 33 years, arrived in Dhaka on after attending the G20 summit in New Delhi. The agreements include a Credit Facility Agreement between respective authorities of two countries under "Improving Urban Governance and Infrastructure Program.” The another one included a Letter of Intent (LOI) on Cooperation between Bangladesh Satellite Company Limited (BSCL) and Airbus Defence and Space SAS, France related to the Bangabandhu-2 Earth Observation Satellite System. Meanwhile , a separate agreement worth €184 million has been signed aimed at supporting Urban Governance and Infrastructure Improvement.
HPM Sheikh Hasina and France’s Honourable President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to work towards “taking the partnership for peace, prosperity and people to a strategic level”. In a joint statement issued following the historic visit of the President Macron, the two leaders also committed to launch “regular high-level dialogues to deepen the strategic dimension of their partnership.” Titled “Bangladesh – France Partnership for Peace, Prosperity and People”, the joint statement covered all aspects of the visit and the decisions the two leaders have taken.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has forecast that Bangladesh will be among the top 20 global economies by 2040, based on market size, economic growth and the potential of some other sectors. In a recent report, the think tank also predicted that Bangladesh might be an attractive destination for Chinese investments in the coming days. The same was forecast for Indonesia. According to the EIU, market expansion opportunities are more prevalent in South-east and South Asia. A strong momentum has been anticipated in consumer electronics, information technology services, telecommunications, renewable energy and automotive products, where China has already been establishing its competitive edge. The EIU prepared a ranking of countries that are most appealing to Chinese investors as investment destinations and Bangladesh secured the 12th position here.


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