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Staff Reporter
After a 14-year gap of such top-level visit, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Dhaka on September 6 on a two-day official visit to expand and deepen ‘Comprehensive Partnership’ between the two countries.
“This is going to take place after 14 years since the visit of then Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori to Bangladesh in 2000,” said an official at the Foreign Ministry here on Monday.
During the visit, the Japanese Prime Minister would hold official talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the day of his arrival.
He will also meet President M Abdul Hamid in addition to his other programs, said the official.
Both sides are considering the visit extremely important as it comes at a time when Japan is looking for another suitable investment destination after China.
Besides, the Japanese Prime Minister will address the Bangladesh-Japan Economic Forum jointly organized by Bangladesh Board of Investment (BoI), Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to promote trade between Bangladesh and Japan and attract Japanese investment to Bangladesh.
This is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s return visit in quick succession of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s official visit to Japan in May this year.
It is evident from the outcome of Prime Minister’s visit to Japan that Japan is very keen in expanding and deepening ‘Comprehensive Partnership’ in almost all areas of our bilateral, economic, social and cultural relations, said the official.
The Japanese side is likely to discuss the Bangladesh government's commitment to provide Japan with an Exclusive Economic Zone. Japan prefers a place close to Dhaka or Chittagong for setting up their industries.
Hasina visited Japan from May 25-28 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Japan. During the visit, Shinzo Abe had a summit meeting with Prime Minister Hasina on May 26.
Recognizing that the longstanding relations between the two countries based on shared values of peace, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, the two Prime Ministers affirmed their commitment to further strengthen bilateral cooperation by elevating the friendly relationship to a new partnership.
The two Prime Ministers thus launched the ‘Japan -Bangladesh Comprehensive Partnership’.
Both the Prime Ministers also decided to detail the modalities at the earliest.
The Japanese Prime Minister is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Sri Lanka on September 7 after his less than 24 hours’ stay in Dhaka.