Planning Minister MA Mannan has said that there is no way to deny the problem of corruption in the country. He said, ‘There is a problem of doing business in Bangladesh. That problem is more at the lower level of the officers. There is no way to deny the problem of corruption. There is no denying that the government is working to solve these problems.
He was speaking as the chief guest at a dialogue titled ‘Bangladesh-Japan Partnership in the Next Development Journey’ organized by the Center for Policy Dialogue-CPD, a private research institute, in the capital on Wednesday.
“The government wants to strengthen its friendship with Japan,” he said. Because the current government thinks of Japan as an Asian power. That is why the country is given a high status. ‘
The Planning Minister said, “Bangladesh is culturally and mentally connected with Japan. There are signs of Japan everywhere in Bangladesh. Japan is working in Matarbari, Metrorail, two and a half thousand areas. If these projects are completed, they will have a special impact on the economy of Bangladesh. There are initiatives to make the relationship with Japan more beautiful and strong. After the lifting of Bangladesh from the least developed countries, bilateral trade with different countries will be increased. There are also plans to expand with Japan. Therefore, work is underway to formulate a draft policy for a free trade agreement.
Members of Parliament Kazi Nabil Ahmed, Japanese Ambassador to Dhaka Ito Naoki, Bangladeshi Ambassador Shahabuddin Ahmed, JICA chief of Bangladesh and various local and foreign personalities spoke here. CPD Executive Director Fahmida Khatun conducted the program.
CPD researcher Syed Yusuf presented the article. He said Japan could be a big partner in Bangladesh’s trade and investment. Just as there is potential for export of goods to Japan, there is also great potential for export of manpower.
Other speakers said that not only economic partnership with Japan, but also political partnership is needed. The importance of political partnership with Japan will increase in the future.