Japan has expressed interest in cooperating and investing in the fishery and blue economy sectors in Bangladesh.
The Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh, Iwama Kiminori, expressed such interest during his courtesy call with Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim on Monday.
The meeting, held at the minister’s office at the Secretariat in Dhaka, was told that during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s last visit to Japan, cooperation in the fisheries and livestock sectors was discussed.
The minister said that cooperation between Japan and Bangladesh can drive these sectors up.
“There are opportunities for cooperation by increasing Japanese investments in agriculture, fisheries, and livestock-related industries in the economic zones of Bangladesh,” he said. “Japanese investors can establish fish processing industries and the same for animal products, and both countries can exchange experience and technology there.”
The ambassador said, “Japan is interested in providing cooperation to Bangladesh’s green economy, especially in the eco-friendly fisheries sector.
He also emphasized the diversification of food processing in Bangladesh.
He also suggested a joint consultation meeting between concerned experts from two countries.
Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Nahid Rashid; Additional Secretary Nripendra Chandra Debnath; ATM Mustafa Kamal and Tofazzel Hossain; joint secretary Andria Drang; Nilufa Akhter; and Abu Naeem Muhammad Abdus Sabur were present at the meeting, also attended by the Third Secretary of the Japanese Embassy, Shimmura Katsumi.