Governor of Leningrad in Russia Oblast Alexander Drozdenko on Saturday expressed his desire in recruiting skilled manpower, specially doctors, from Bangladesh.
The Russian port city governor expressed his desire during a meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at the Governor Mansion in St Petersburg, Russia, says a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka.
During the meeting, the Bangladesh foreign minister said, “Bangladeshi export items like pharmaceuticals, ocean going vessels, leather goods, tea, especially organic tea, potato and fragrant rice are quite popular in the different European countries and foresees good potential in Russia as well.”
The two sides also discussed possibility of joint venture in ship building industry for production of medium sized vessels and fishing trawlers, the press release said.
The Bangladesh minister invited the Governor of Leningrad to visit Bangladesh, along with a business delegation, which the Governor cordially accepted.
On Friday, Mahmood Ali visited the headquarters of Russian joint stock company Gazprom in Moscow.
During the visit, he met with Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller. He was accompanied by Bangladesh Ambassador in Moscow Dr Saiful Hoque, Energy and Mineral Resources Secretary Nazimuddin Chowdhury, DG (Europe) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other members of his delegation.
The minister gave a short briefing on priorities set by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to become a middle income country by 2021 and developed country by 2041.
He underscored the need for high demand of energy in a fast growing economy, which grew by 7.1% in 2016.
The minister highlighted the successful signing/ratification of two important intergovernmental agreements between Bangladesh and Russian Federation such as Agreement on the Establishment of Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and technical Cooperation and Agreement on visa-free visits of the holders of diplomatic and official (service) passports.
He mentioned this instrument as the landmark for advancement of ongoing discourses ahead. In this context, he highlighted Prime Minister’s personal confidence on Gazprom’s mission in Bangladesh which is evident by its rapid involvement in 15 gas wells with ostensible successes.
Miller urged the Bangladesh side to explore other commercial involvement with Gazprom not only in exploration but also in production and distribution, LNG supply and terminal construction, pipeline lying and so on.
He mentioned the importance of having a MoU to envisage the cooperation in this regard.
Bangladesh energy secretary Nazimuddin Chowdhury acknowledged the necessity for concluding the MoU on Cooperation in energy sector between the Governments of the two countries and said that the draft proposal is at final stage.
Among others, the managing director of Gazprom’s subsidiary company, Gazprom EP international BV, Andrei Fick were present.
He briefed the delegation the readiness of Gazprom to expand its operation in Bangladesh.
Gazprom has recently opened its office in Dhaka and is poised to get involve in a big way in Bangladesh. The foreign minister welcomed the interest shown by Gazprom and invited the company to come and invest in Bangladesh in a bigger way.