Under that country’s fresh program for strengthening security cooperation with selected countries, the government of Japan has granted aid worth 575 million yen, equivalent to $3.85 million, to Bangladesh.
A note of the grant was signed and exchanged on Thursday in the city by IWAMA Kiminori, the ambassador of Japan in Dhaka, and Lieutenant General Waker-Uz-Zaman, the principal staff officer at the Armed Forces Division of the Prime Minister’s Office.
Meanwhile, Jiji Press from Tokyo reported that the grant to Bangladesh was the second project, after that provided to the Philippines, under Japan’s Official Security Assistance, or the provision of defense equipment to countries that share basic values with Japan. It was provided for the procurement of four patrol boats to improve Bangladesh’s capabilities for monitoring and surveillance in the Bay of Bengal and disaster relief by the Bangladesh Navy.
The Bay of Bengal is now one of the important sea lanes for Japan, so the southeastern countries take Bangladesh as a strategic partner and move to strengthen the Bangladesh Navy’s capabilities for monitoring and surveillance and contribute to the enhancement of maritime security in the Bay of Bengal and the whole Indo-Pacific region.