We believe that the three-day visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Japan will further deepen the deep mutual bonds of friendship between the two countries. Having been one of the first countries to recognise the newly independent nation, Japan has been a trusted and all-weather friend of Bangladesh.
Japan has been one of the biggest partners in Bangladesh’s development efforts, and its development assistance has been unstinted and unfailing. Japan has been, and is, involved in several important infrastructure projects. As a part of its continued assistance to Bangladesh, we are happy to note the latest assistance tranche in the form of the 40th ODA, signed during this visit, which is 35 percent higher than the previous year. The money will be used to finance four major infrastructure projects, the most vital of which, we feel, is the Matarbari Port development project which, once built, is likely to save billions of dollars in various ways. The development assistance agreement displays the deepening commitment of Japan to the all-round development of Bangladesh.
We would hope that the government of Japan would favourably consider the suggestions made by our prime minister to help value add to the quality of our labour so that we could develop a quality workforce that could meet the increasing demand of trained people, both for employment at home and abroad, particularly in view of the impending and inevitable fourth industrial revolution.
We believe firmly that in our efforts to cross the threshold from a developing to a developed country, we shall continue to have in Japan a facilitator in the manner that they have been so far.