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BD-Japan economic dialogue Apr 15
Staff Correspondent
Published :Sunday, 10 April, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 13
Bangladesh and Japan will resume joint public-private economic dialogue-2016 in Tokyo in Japan at April 15, 20 months after the first dialogue aiming to explore avenues for further improvement of investment climate and cooperation in line with the 'comprehensive partnership'.
The first Bangladesh-Japan public-private economic dialogue was held on August 21, 2014 in Dhaka where a policy level forum of public and private sectors was formed under the partnership.
The prime ministers of Bangladesh and Japan declared the comprehensive partnership in joint statements signed during their visits in June and September of that year.
 Officials said since the first dialogue was held, efforts have been on to improve investment scenario in the country by developing necessary infrastructures and providing different facilities for Japanese investors. They said this year the forum is expected to discuss various issues aiming to strengthen cooperation to be needed for further improvement of investment climate scenario.
Sources said Bangladesh is likely to seek cooperation of Japanese public and private sectors in infrastructure development like rail, road, bridge, energy and water resources.
Issues relating to technology transfer and capacity building through partnership and investment may also come up at the dialogue for discussion.
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) will organise the 2nd Bangladesh-Japan public-private economic dialogue to be held in Tokyo on April 15.
Board of Investment (BoI) is also organising two investment seminars in Osaka and Tokyo in line with the dialogue to establish a network between public and private sectors of the two countries.
Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister Towfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury will lead the 22-member official delegation of Bangladesh in the dialogue. High officials from the PMO, Foreign Ministry, Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority, National Board of Revenue and apex business bodies will, among others, be the delegation members.
Besides, 45 members from different chambers and government offices will attend the BoI's investment seminars to be held on April 13 in Osaka and April 15 in Tokyo after the dialogue.

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