50 years of the diplomatic relation between Bangladesh and Canada

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Last Updated on March 23, 2022

Bangladesh High Commission in Ottawa has celebrated the anniversary of the 50 years diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Canada on 14 February 2022. The program began with the phone call between Development Minister of Canada, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan and Hon'ble Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr. A K. Abdul Momen, MP through zoom platform.

Both Ministers congratulated each other on the anniversary of the 50 years of friendly relationship. The conversation lasted for almost 30 minutes. Both the High Commissioners of Bangladesh and Canada along with high officials of the respective Foreign Ministries were present.

After the conversation, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh has given a statement on the event. Development Minister and Foreign Minister of Canada also jointly issued a statement to mark the occasion. Both the statements were posted on the respective official website.

As a part of the celebration, both the High Commissioners of Bangladesh and Canada delivered separate video messages which were posted on the social media of the respective High Commissions. Later, in the evening, Bangladesh High Commission in Ottawa arranged a virtual seminar in collaboration with Bangabandhu Centre in Canada to celebrate the event.

The participants of the event were Hon'ble Brad Redekopp, Member of Parliament West Saskatchewan, Hon'ble Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Member of Parliament Beaches, East York, Ontario, Mr. Paul Thoppil, Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada, Mr. Shahidul Haque, Former Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh, Mr. Robiul Alam, Eminent Personality, Dr. Nuzhat Tam-Zaman, Co-Founder &Vice President of Consumer Health, SINOVEDA and member of Joint Working Group to strengthen commercial relation between Bangladesh and Canada.

Apart from them, Mr. David Drake, former Canadian Ambassador and a Security Advisor to the Government of Canada was present in person in the High Commission as special guest in the event. He presented a painting of famous Bangladeshi painter Zainul Abedin to the High Commission to mark the celebration.

All the speakers discussed about various aspects of Bangladesh-Canada relations and all of them recognized the current excellent relation between the two countries which has been growing over the last five decades. H.E., the High Commissioner in his speech expressed his satisfaction at the current excellent bilateral relation between Bangladesh and Canada as well as stated that Bangladesh achieved phenomenal socio-economic development under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He further mentioned that the country has graduated as middle-income country and aspires to be developed country by 2041. He also added that on the verge of the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh-Canada relation, it is the right time to boost up bilateral business, trade and

investment, education, agriculture and people to people contact, mobility as well as cooperation in defence and security issues. He informed that the two countries are working together in several global issues like promoting peace and security, climate change, Rohingya issue and the others.

Hon'ble MP Brad Redekopp in his statement among other things mentioned that H.E., the High Commissioner made a presentation before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration of Canada for inclusion of Bangladesh in the Student Direct Stream (SDS) and he would do his best for inclusion of Bangladesh in the programme.

Mr. Paul Thoppil, the Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada also stated in his deliberation that Bangladesh and Canada were working closely in several important global issues, including climate change, promoting global peace and security highlighting contribution of Bangladesh to peacekeeping operation.

Dr. Nuzhat Tam-Zaman in her statement highlighted Bangladesh as lucrative destination for the Canadian investment.

H.E., the High Commissioner expressed hope that the Government and the people of Canada would stand by Bangladesh and keep supporting and partnering with Bangladesh for next fifty years like the past and in particular in our journey to become a developed nation by 2041 under the dynamic leadership of Hon'ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

He concluded his remarks by thanking all the participants and expressed commitment to working more closely with Canadian counterparts to deepen and expand the areas of cooperation in the future.

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