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BD, S Africa to bolster ties on all fronts

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Staff reporter
Bangladesh and South Africa on Wednesday agreed to strengthen ties on all fronts apart from exporting pharmaceuticals, readymade garments, furniture and plastic products by Bangladesh to the South African market.
Both countries also agreed to hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 69th UN General Assembly to be held in New York in September to discuss bilateral issues in details for taking forward the relations apart from holding the Foreign Office Consultation (FOC) soon.
The issues came up for discussion when South African High Commissioner to Bangladesh based in Colombo, Sri Lanka Geoff QM Doidge met Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at his office yesterday.
The envoy said the South African government has a plan to soon open a full-fledged mission here so that Bangladesh nationals can easily visit South Africa for business, work and other purposes.
Meanwhile, a three-member delegation from the South Africa will arrive here to attend the international seminar on ‘Blue economy’ to be held in September.
On the prospect of recruiting skilled manpower from Bangladesh, the South African envoy said there is a scope for Bangladeshi doctors, engineers and IT experts to work in South Africa.
Doidge appreciated Bangladesh’s achievements in the areas of self-sufficiency in food, education, SME credit disbursement and women empowerment.
At the meeting, the Foreign Minister laid emphasis on enhancing cooperation under regional, sub-regional and other alliances along with strengthening ties between the two countries beyond the alliances.
Mahmood Ali sought South Africa’s support for Bangladeshi candidates in various international elections. Assuring of support to Bangladesh, the South African envoy also sought similar support from Bangladesh.
The envoy invited Bangladesh to participate in various commercial exhibitions and fairs in his country to help expand trade relations between the two countries.