Governor of Kobe city Toshizo Ido yesterday expressed the Japanese city's interest to invest in large infrastructure projects in Bangladesh, including water treatment plant, power plant and deep seaport.
The entrepreneurs in Kobe also want to invest in healthcare and modernisation of hospitals in Bangladesh and training of doctors and nurses, Ido said.
He spoke in a meeting with the visiting State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam in Kobe City of Hyogo Prefecture in Japan, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Alam went to the city on a short visit at the invitation of the Governor of the Kobe Prefecture and Mayor of Kobe City Kizo Hishamoto.
At the meeting, Hishamoto handed a key of Kobe city to Alam as a symbol of intention of the city to enter into mutual cooperation with Bangladesh.
Hishamoto said Kobe City Corporation had already established cooperation with Chittagong through an exchange programme between Kobe University and Chittagong Medical College.
Under the programme, there would be exchange programmes for doctors, nurses and students between the two institutions for professional advancement, he said.
“The entrepreneurs of Hyogo are interested to extend similar cooperation to other hospitals and medical colleges in Bangladesh,” he said.
The state minister invited the businessmen of Kobe to visit Bangladesh and explore possibilities of doing mutually beneficial projects.
He assured the Japanese businessmen of all cooperation in this regard.