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Standard Chartered, JBCCI, JCIAD, and JETRO to work towards accelerating Japan-Bangladesh Strategic Partnership

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Standard Chartered, JBCCI, JCIAD, and JETRO to work towards accelerating Japan-Bangladesh Strategic Partnership

Standard Chartered, Japan-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JBCCI), Japanese Commerce and Industry Association in Dhaka (JCIAD, Shoo-Koo-Kai), and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) recently organized a keynote and panel discussion on the topic of “Our Shared Aspiration: Accelerating the Japan-Bangladesh Strategic Partnership.”

The event brought senior stakeholders from the private sector, chambers of commerce, think tanks, and government together to discuss and contribute to a shared roadmap focused on accelerating the transition of Japan-Bangladesh bilateral ties from a comprehensive to a strategic partnership.

Building a strategic partnership between Bangladesh and Japan leverages the decade-long friendship between the two nations in an effort to deepen economic cooperation and fuel growth.

The event placed an emphasis on driving collaboration across the board to facilitate the development and progress of infrastructure, trade, investment flows, and sustainable finance.

As one of the largest foreign investors in Bangladesh, Standard Chartered has been playing a leading role in attracting and facilitating foreign trade and investment.

Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bangladesh Naser Ezaz Bijoy said Japan and Bangladesh’s partnership involves a huge element of trust and confidence that has been built over time through our people-to-people connections as well as a journey of economic prosperity that both the countries have taken together.

The strategic areas– the digital economy, agribusiness, and sustainable finance– are the key to Bangladesh’s continued prosperity. Japan can contribute significantly to each of these areas.

Yusuke Asai, chief executive officer of Standard Chartered, Japan said: “My personal relationship with Bangladesh started back in 1977 when I was a student. My first conversation in English was with a visitor from Bangladesh.

“As the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Japan, I would like to give back to Bangladesh. The most honourable Prime Ministers of Japan and Bangladesh have agreed to transform the comprehensive partnership into a strategic one,” he added.

Iwama Kiminori, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Bangladesh remarked that last year, Japan and Bangladesh celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Japan-Bangladesh relationship.

“This transition marks the beginning of a new era in our relations. The honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina elevated the bilateral relationship so that the two nations can commence bilateral cooperation in new areas beyond traditional ones,” he added.

Both leaders from Japan and Bangladesh share their determination to enhance cooperation -specifically, in three major areas; cooperation for peace and stability in the region and beyond, the deepening economic cooperation for mutual benefit and regional prosperity, and third and last but not least, expansion of cultural cooperation and people to people exchanges.


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