Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Omar Hajjaz has urged Japan to take skilled manpower from Bangladesh. He made this call during an exchange of views with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) delegation at the World Trade Center in Agrabad, Chittagong on Monday.
Vice President Raisa Mahbub, Dhaka Country Representative of Jetro UG Ando, Chittagong Chamber Director Mahfuzul Haque Shah, Mohammad Aktar Parvez, Omar Muktadir among others spoke under the chairmanship of Chamber President Omar Hajjaj.
Omar Hajjaz said that Japan is a reliable friend of Bangladesh. Japan has a large investment in developing the current infrastructure of the country. Among these are the construction of Matarbari deep sea port, Dhaka Metrorail and third terminal of Shahjalal Airport. Chittagong Chamber has launched Japan Desk to provide all kind of assistance to Japanese investors. The chamber is planning to host a ‘Bay of Bengal Growth Summit’ next year and send a trade delegation to Japan. He requested the recruitment of skilled manpower from Bangladesh in order to further expand Japan’s continued development cooperation. JETRO Country Representative Yuji Ando said Japanese investors expect the Japan-Bangladesh Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to be completed by 2025. Besides, if the complexity of customs clearance procedure is simplified, investors will be more interested.
JICA’s JOCV program relaunched: The Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) program has been relaunched in Bangladesh. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) re-launched the JOCV program this month as an important milestone in the long-standing partnership between Japan and Bangladesh. On the 50th anniversary of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Bangladesh, which began in 1973, the program was restarted after a seven-year hiatus with the arrival of a physical therapy volunteer. JICA has sent 1,284 volunteers to Bangladesh since 1973. Those who have consistently conducted various activities in sectors like rural development, education, health, information and communication technology (ICT), technical training, solid waste management and sports. The program was suspended in 2016 after the tragic incident at Holy Artisan.