DHAKA: Bangladesh and China have launched a new platform, the Bangladesh-China Silk Road Forum, in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, focusing on lasting links under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) between the two countries for mutual benefit.
The event was attended by political leadership, high-ranking officials from the private and public sector, community representatives and the members of the business sector and media.
Bangladesh prime minister’s foreign affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi and Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo among others, spoke at the launching ceremony Saturday.
“I want truly to felicitate the launch of Bangladesh-China Silk Road Forum,” said Rizvi. “Congratulate and thank you for initiative to establish the forum.”
“The BRI is not only one of the important initiatives of our time but it is also very needful in fixing our (Bangladesh development) priorities,” he said.
According to the advisor, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the last 10 years has been emphasizing the importance of connectivity.
She sees connectivity as mechanisms or tools through which Bangladesh’s prosperity and stability can be rebuilt, he added.
“Not merely the BRI, also we have already joined BCIM EC (Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor). We have no reservation. We absolutely welcome this initiative and congratulate.”
Ambassador Zhang said, “Our all-round cooperation is booming in all sectors like politics, economy, military, agriculture, law enforcement, science and technology and culture.”
He said the Bangladesh-China Silk Road Forum is being established at the right moment when there’s a lot to be achieved.
Bangladeshi people’s dream of a strong and wealthy nation, manifested in the dream of Sonar (golden) Bangla, and the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation pursued by the Chinese people, are interconnected and share many common merits, said the diplomat.
(With inputs from Xinhua)