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Japan gifts souvenir coin to BB

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Staff Reporter Japan has gifted 3000 souvenir coin sets consisting of 6 Japanese coins and one Tk 2 Bangladesh coin to Bangladesh as a mark of friendship. Japanese ambassador in Dhaka Shiro Sadoshima on Tuesday handed over the coin sets to Bangladesh Bank governor Dr. Atiur Rahman at function at the central bank. In the coin sets handing over ceremony, officials of Japan Mint, a special agency of Japan responsible for Japanese currency management, and also Bangladesh Bank officials were present. It was informed in the function that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gifted the very first set of coins from present consignment to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina when she visited Japan in May. A Bangladesh official said that the souvenir coin sets will be released soon by the central bank after setting a price and those will be available for general public to buy those coins from Taka Museum at Mirpur. He said that each set of coins are being sold in Japan at US$ 18. Addressing the function, the Japanese Ambassador read out a statement of the head of Japan Mint where he said the coin sets represent the friendly ties between Japan and Bangladesh. The gift was given by the initiative of the Japanese Prime Minister to honor and strengthen the friendship between the two nations. Appreciating the Japan Mint’s initiative, the Bangladesh Bank governor termed the friendly relation between the two nations as a historic one founded many years ago. He said as a time-tested friend Japan remains one of the largest development partners of Bangladesh since her liberation in 1972 through economic and technical cooperation. He said Japan is the largest development partner of Bangladesh, 7th largest destination of our exports, 5th largest source of imports and in case of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Bangladesh Japan ranks 8th. He mentioned that the central bank has been implementing a number of projects with the technical and financial supports of Japanese donor agency JICA. “With cooperation from JICA, Bangladesh Bank has also set up a Tk 1 billion revolving credit line to support RMG factories in Bangladesh,” said Dr. Atiur. He urged Japanese investors to take full advantage of all the existing and new facilities and bring about a major new upturn in our bilateral trade, investment and business relations. He said Japanese investors will always get special care and facilities for their investment in Bangladesh. He said a big change has taken place in the bilateral relation between Japan and Bangladesh. The function was also addressed by deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank Abu Hena Mohammad Razee Hasan.