China to help Bangladesh in building deep-sea port anywhere


China has expressed its willingness to cooperate with other countries in helping Bangladesh build its first deep seaport in any location as the Bangladesh government no longer considers the proposed ‘Sonadia site’ as its priority point.
‘We’re certainly here to cooperate with. Of course, this cooperation is open, and it’s not exclusive. We’re willing to cooperate with any country,’ said Chinese ambassador in Dhaka Ma Mingqiang.
The Chinese ambassador made the remark while interacting with diplomatic correspondents at the National Press Club on Monday, United News of Bangladesh reports.
Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh arranged the interaction – DCAB Talk – with its president Angur Nahar Monty in the chair. DCAB general secretary Pantho Rahman also spoke on the occasion.
The government is now considering a deep seaport at Payra in Patuakhali and a number of countries, including China, India, some Middle Eastern and European countries want to invest in different components of the deep seaport project, according to government sources.
The Chinese ambassador said there is no deep seaport in Bangladesh but it is required for trade facilitation.
Responding to a question on Chinese investment in Bangladesh, ambassador Ma said the Chinese investment is growing in Bangladesh. ‘This year there will be a something different. This year will be different year (in terms of investment).’
He said there should be a need for investment and if there is need investment will automatically come in. ‘Many Chinese groups are coming to Bangladesh in recent times.’
The Chinese ambassador said the relationship between Bangladesh and China has made sound momentum since 1975.
The two countries have established the comprehensive partnership of cooperation, he said.
According to the statistics of China’s customs, the trade volume has reached US$ 14.7 billion in 2015.
China has provided numerous assistances to support Bangladesh’s economic and social progress, including the seven China-Bangladesh Friendship Bridges and Bangabandhu International Convention Center.
Recently, China and Bangladesh have reached census on the 8th China-Bangladesh Friendship Bridge and China-Bangladesh Friendship Exposition Center, and China will provide assistance for the renovation of BICC.
The Chinese government will donate a batch of medical, disaster relief and agriculture instruments to Bangladesh, and is now working on a comprehensive plan of flood prevention and promoting hybrid rice technology.
China also provides a good number of scholarships to Bangladeshi students. Last year, nearly a thousand governmental officials and students went to China for training and further study.
The Chinese envoy said industrial capacity cooperation is a major part of ‘Road & Belt Initiative’.
As the second biggest economy of the world, Ambassador Ma said China is keen to share its experience and advanced technology with Bangladesh to provide finance, technology and training personnel to Bangladesh without reservation, to expedite the latter’s industrialisation, to combine its advanced capacity with latter’s needs.
China is also willing to help improve the skill of labour force in Bangladesh, so as to create more employments and strengthen the inner impetus of Bangladesh sustainable development.

source : the new age
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