Japan-Bangladesh Relations

September 29, 2015
(Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
(Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

On September 28 (Sun.), for approximately 20 minutes from 5:40 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit meeting with H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, during his stay in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

1. Prime Minister Abe stated, “The relationship between the two countries has become unshakable through our historic mutual visits last year. I would like to continue to cooperate closely in the international arena including the promotion of the UN Security Council reform on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations.” He also expressed his desire to work together on the 2030 Agenda with Bangladesh, who showed excellent outcome in achieving of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to further promote cooperation between the two countries in “the Comprehensive Partnership.” He expressed his expectations towards cooperation with Bangladesh through the 36th Yen Loan Package (total 133.3 billion yen) as part of the assistance of up to 600 billion yen already promised centering on the “Bay of Bengal Industrial Growth Belt” (Big-B) initiative and further promotion of trade and investment between the two countries.

2. Prime Minister Hashina responded to this, stating, “Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Bangladesh last year was a splendid one. The Matarbari Ultra Super Critical Coal-Fired Power Project and other cooperation projects by Japan are moving forward. I would like to develop special economic zones (SEZs) and bring in investment from Japan.” She also pointed out that the UN reform was extremely important, and expressed her wish that Japan will play an appropriate role as she has high hopes for the UN Security Council reform.

3. Prime Minister Abe also stated his desire to further contribute to regional and global peace, security and prosperity based on Japan’s policy of “Proactive Contribution to Peace” through the Legislation for Peace and Security that was enacted the other day. In response, Prime Minister Hashina expressed her belief that the Legislation for Peace and Security was splendid, congratulated its enactment, and expressed her high esteem for the effort.

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