Awami League Presidium member and Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton had a courtesy call and meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Iwama Kiminori. The meeting and meeting was held on Tuesday (November 14) afternoon in the mayor’s office room at Nagar Bhavan.
The Ambassador of Japan was received in a colorful program on arrival at Nagar Bhawan at 4.15 pm on Tuesday with the participation of child artistes in the rhythm of dance and music. In the meeting, the ambassador of Japan praised the greenery, cleanliness and lighting of Rajshahi metropolis. In the meeting, documentary and video presentations were presented on Rajshahi’s development activities and future plans. At the end of the meeting Rasik Mayor handed over a mango-shaped memento and various gifts to the Ambassador of Japan.
After the meeting, Japanese ambassador Iwama Kiminori told the reporters, ‘There were discussions on various issues with the mayor of the city corporation. We came to Rajshahi after 14 long years. Our new journey with Rajshahi has started from today. Hope we can work on different issues.’
Ambassador Iwama Kiminori exchanged views with Rajshahi University (Rabi) Vice-Chancellor Professor Golam Sabbir Sattar.Rasik Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton said, ‘A Japanese ambassador came to Rajshahi after about 14 years. Japan is an old friend of Bangladesh. Our relations with them have been very cordial and cooperative since the time of independence. They also work with us at various times in both technical and financial support and project implementation. Japan has been cooperating with us in various fields starting from the third terminal of Dhaka International Airport, Matarbari Coal Power Plant.
The mayor said, ‘Rajshahi’s field is different. There was a gap for a long time. He said that the new journey of our relationship has started from today. Inshallah we can do a lot of development work through JICA with their help. We will all benefit from it. We have adopted a plan to build a smart Rajshahi city. It has also been presented to the Japanese ambassador. I hope they will be implemented gradually.’
Earlier on Tuesday afternoon, Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Iwama Kiminori met and exchanged views with Rajshahi University (Rabi) Vice-Chancellor Prof. Golam Sabbir Sattar. During the exchange of views in the conference room of the Shaheed Syed Nazrul Islam Administration Building, they discussed the cooperation of Japanese institutions in Rabi’s various academic fields, especially in the field of higher education and research. The Rabi Vice-Chancellor emphasized the creation of higher education and research opportunities through the establishment of Rabi links with Japanese universities and higher research institutes and the exchange of teachers, students and researchers, joint research, training, conference and workshop events, and the provision of higher rates of scholarships and financial support to Rabi students and teachers. .
Apart from this, the Vice-Chancellor and Ambassador also discussed the possibility of setting up an Information and Communication Technology Incubation Center, Biotechnology Research Center, Natural Disaster Management Center and Japanese Studies Center in Rajshahi University. Apart from this, they also exchanged views on increasing mutual cooperation through the memorandum of understanding between universities and higher research centers of both countries.
When the Vice-Chancellor expressed interest in teaching Japanese in Rajshahi University, the Ambassador gave some suggestions to that end. Later, Ambassador Shahid Tajuddin Ahmad addressed a seminar on ‘Higher Education and Employment Opportunities in Japan’ at the Senate Building as the keynote speaker.