Nasrul seeks cooperation for Bangabandhu Chair in UK


DHAKA, July 22, 2018 (BSS) – State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid today sought cooperation to establish ‘Bangabandhu Chair’ on renowned universities of United Kingdom (UK).

“We have established ‘Bangabandhu Chair’ on Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and we are giving scholarships for higher studies and research on energy and power of Bangladesh,” he told this to British Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Bangladesh Rushanara Ali, MP, at his office here.

The state minister said Bangladesh needs partner in its hubs like Payra and Matarbari for Bangladesh’s development activities and to this end Britain’s individual or organizations may come forward.

The British MP paid a courtesy call on Nasrul at his ministry office and said she visited Bangladesh to increase trade among the two countries.

British companies, she said, are interested to work in Bangladesh’s power and energy sector and British Petroleum (BP) is going to work here. “If the two countries work together then both of them would be benefited,” he added.

During the meeting, Nasrul and Rushnara Ali discussed various issues including trade and investment alongside the bilateral issue. Roushan Ali appreciated Bangladesh’s recent tremendous development.

The state minister highlighted the existing potentialities and progress of Bangladesh’s electricity and energy sector, saying the participation of British companies in the power and energy sector in Bangladesh is less.

Britain, he said, can help Bangladesh through providing experienced consultants in underground cable or substation installation or overall plan. “We always welcome all potential investments,” Nasrul said.

Among others, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Allison Blake and head of trade and investment of British High Commission Benjamin Cutmore were also present.