06 May 2024, 20:11

UK Indo-Pacific minister's Dhaka visit to boost bilateral ties

DHAKA, May 6, 2024 (BSS) - UK-Bangladesh cooperation is set to increase on priority areas including migration, economic reform and security, as UK Minister for the Indo-Pacific, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, will arrive in Bangladesh on a two-day visit, tomorrow morning.

On her second visit to Bangladesh in her role as Indo-Pacific Minister, she will reaffirm the UK's commitment to strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries, said a press release today.
During her visit to Dhaka, Minister Trevelyan will meet Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud.

 Discussions are expected to focus on UK-Bangladesh migration cooperation, trade and economic ties, and the UK's support to the Rohingya refugee response.

The minister will also meet business leaders, humanitarian actors, climate experts and, in meetings with civil society organisations and political leaders, she will recognise the importance of democracy and human rights as foundations for long-term growth and prosperity.

Minister Trevelyan will also announce new UK support to equip and empower youth and vulnerable groups in Bangladesh to engage in climate action.

Minister for the Indo-Pacific, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said, "I'm pleased to be back in Bangladesh with our new trade policy project marking an important step forward towards closer UK-Bangladesh collaboration, boosting our economic ties."
"We remain steadfast in our support for the Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh, and will provide o12 million of new humanitarian assistance, to increase access to clean water, healthcare, shelter, and protection services for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh," she added.

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Sarah Cooke, said, "Delighted to welcome UK Minister for the Indo-Pacific, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, to Bangladesh. The UK's long-standing friendship with Bangladesh is cemented by the deep cultural and people-to-people links between our two countries."
"The UK-Bangladesh partnership continues to go from strength to strength. From our joint work to tackle economic challenges, to our steadfast support for the Rohingya, and our partnership on climate change, we are determined to do more together," he added.
Reaffirming the UK's sustained support for the Rohingya people, Minister Trevelyan will announce o12 million (over 163 Crore Taka) of new UK humanitarian assistance to support Rohingya refugees and neighbouring host communities in Bangladesh. The new funding will provide clean water, healthcare, shelter and protection services. It will also support the development of the camp's infrastructure to help protect it from natural disasters.

Minister Trevelyan will also announce a new trade policy project with the Government of Bangladesh. The UK will provide technical assistance to Bangladesh to strengthen trade policy capability and implement reforms. The project will support Bangladesh tackle economic challenges and graduate successfully from Least Developed Country status in 2026.


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