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Dhaka-Doha ties deepen

Published : Wednesday, 24 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 294

Dhaka-Doha ties deepen

Dhaka-Doha ties deepen

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has arrived in Dhaka for a two-day visit, signaling a momentous occasion as the first such visit from a Middle Eastern Head of the State since the formation of the government by Bangladesh Awami League in January, 2024. The Emirs visit to Bangladesh, coming after 19 years since the previous Qatari Emir Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thanis visit in 2005, holds immense significance. Six agreements and five memorandums of understanding (MoUs) are likely to be signed between the two countries during the Dhaka visit. The signing of these cooperation agreements will bolster the historic Bangladesh-Qatar relations, representing a significant milestone for Bangladesh.

Established in 1974, Bangladesh and Qatar share diplomatic ties founded on mutual respect, cultural affinities, and religious connections. The relationship, marked by significant people-to-people interactions, particularly through the presence of over four hundred thousand Bangladeshi workers in Qatar, has witnessed notable advancements. Recent years have seen increased bilateral visits, expanded manpower exports, and collaborative efforts on regional and global issues, emphasizing peace, stability, and development.

Bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Qatar have broadened beyond the traditional labor market to encompass economic cooperation, trade, defense, education, tourism, culture, and sports, with both nations consider each other as strategic partners in achieving their respective visions-Bangladeshs Vision 2041, as well as Qatars Vision 2030-while also extending collaboration into defense, cultural exchanges, and educational partnerships, illustrating the multifaceted nature of their bilateral relationship.

 As both nations strive for economic transformation, there is immense potential for deeper engagement across various sectors, fostering stronger bonds and mutual prosperity. Bangladesh stands poised to enhance collaboration with Qatar, transcending conventional frameworks and contributing to each others transformative visions. Moreover, Bangladesh and Qatar collaborate closely within the framework of international organizations such as the UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), advocating for peace, development, and justice globally.

The visit of the Qatari Emir marks a significant milestone in enhancing the relationship between Bangladesh and Qatar, as Bangladesh and Qatar are poised to sign 11 cooperation documents, comprising six agreements and five MoUs. These documents, including six agreements and five MoUs, signify a deepening of bilateral ties and highlight the positive impact of the Qatari Emirs visit on fostering closer collaboration between the two nations. Key areas of cooperation covered by these agreements include the avoidance of double taxation and tax evasion, cooperation in legal affairs, mutual investment promotion and protection, transportation by sea, exchange of prisoners, and the establishment of a joint business council. Additionally, the signing of five MoUs will further solidify cooperation in the manpower sector, port management, higher education and scientific research, collaboration in youth and sports, and diplomatic training.

The six agreements to be signed by Bangladesh and Qatar hold significant implications for Bangladeshs development and bilateral relations with Qatar. Firstly, the elimination of double taxation agreement is crucial for promoting economic activities between the two countries by preventing the double imposition of taxes on individuals or entities operating in both Bangladesh and Qatar. Secondly, cooperation on legal affairs ensures a framework for legal cooperation, facilitating legal procedures for businesses and individuals operating across borders.

Thirdly, the agreement on transporting goods via sea routes enhances trade efficiency and connectivity between Bangladesh and Qatar, potentially reducing transportation costs and transit times. Fourthly, the promotion of investment and security agreement provides a conducive environment for investment from Qatar into Bangladesh, fostering economic growth and stability.

Additionally, the exchange of convicted people agreement facilitates the repatriation of prisoners, ensuring their rights and supporting their reintegration into society.

Finally, the formation of a joint trade body signifies a commitment to enhancing trade relations and exploring new business opportunities between Bangladesh and Qatar. Overall, these agreements not only strengthen the economic cooperation between the two nations but also contribute to fostering closer ties and mutual understanding, ultimately benefiting the people of Bangladesh.

The MoUs, on the other hand, signify cooperation in labor export, port management, higher education, youth and sports affairs, and diplomatic training, fostering economic growth, academic collaboration, cultural exchange, and diplomatic efficacy between Bangladesh and Qatar. Firstly, the agreement on manpower export highlights the importance of Bangladeshi labor in Qatars economy, fostering employment and remittance inflow for Bangladesh. Secondly, the MoU on port management aims to optimize trade routes, enhancing economic growth through efficient maritime trade. Thirdly, cooperation in higher education and scientific research promotes knowledge exchange and innovation. Fourthly, collaboration in youth and sports affairs fosters cultural exchange and mutual understanding. Lastly, the MoU on diplomatic training emphasizes capacity-building for effective diplomacy, enhancing bilateral relations. Together, these agreements signify a holistic approach to collaboration, contributing to the prosperity and advancement of both nations.

In conclusion, while the 11 key cooperation deals represent a substantial advancement in Bangladesh-Qatar relations, further attention to areas such as cultural exchange, environmental cooperation, and healthcare collaboration could enrich the bilateral partnership, fostering deeper mutual understanding and sustainable development for both nations.
The writer is a Lecturer, Department of Law, University of Dhaka

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