12:00 AM, March 31, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 10:54 PM, March 30, 2013

Trade deal with Tajikistan soon

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Diplomatic Correspondent

Bangladesh and Tajikistan will conclude a deal on trade and economic cooperation to enhance trade and investment particularly in the readymade garment and pharmaceutical sectors.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, who is now in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe to attend the 11th ministerial meeting of Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), discussed the trade deal with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi on Friday.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Dipu Moni paid a courtesy call on Rahmon where he said that he would ask Zarifi to energise the existing bilateral relations through legal instruments and exchange of high-level visits.
The Bangladeshi minister expressed the country's interest to export skilled manpower to Tajikistan. The Tajik president assured to consider the issue, the foreign ministry said in a statement yesterday.
Earlier, Dipu Moni held a bilateral meeting with Zarifi when they discussed bilateral relations, particularly finalisation of the agreement, which is now lying with the Tajik authorities.
They discussed ways and means to enhance trade and investment in the readymade garment and pharmaceutical sectors.
The Tajik minister showed his country's interest to appoint an honorary consul in Bangladesh. He also emphasised the launch of flights between Dhaka and Dushanbe.
On the sidelines of the ACD, Dipu Moni also met the deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Kuwait and vice foreign minister of Japan, the foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Iran.
Kuwait showed their interest to invest in the oil and gas sectors in Bangladesh. Dipu Moni discussed further scope of manpower export and defence cooperation with Kuwait.
She thanked the Japanese vice-minister for their support in mega infrastructure projects in Bangladesh and their 34th Yen loan package of $2 billion. Japan sought Bangladesh's support for Tokyo as the city of Olympic in 2020.

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