Both countries have agreed to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to expand the area of commercial cooperation between Bangladesh and Cambodia. It is going to be signed as the Prime Ministers of the two countries have agreed on this.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Cambodian Prime Minister Samdek Akka Moha Sena Padei Teko Hun Sen agreed to a free trade agreement in a bilateral meeting on Thursday night. The Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen said these things in a press briefing.
The foreign minister said that when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her interest in signing an FTA with Cambodia, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen agreed to the proposal. Various issues of bilateral cooperation between Bangladesh and Cambodia were discussed in this meeting. At this time, the Prime Minister of Cambodia expressed his interest in signing an agreement regarding the export of rice from his country to Bangladesh. He invited Bangladesh to invest in agriculture and health infrastructure development sectors in Cambodia.
The foreign minister also said that Hun Sen assured the Prime Minister of Bangladesh that as the chair of ASEAN, Cambodia will continue its all-out efforts to solve the Rohingya crisis.
In addition, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina can help migrant-sending countries by promulgating effective recommendations to address the challenges at the International Organization for Migration (IOM). These countries are facing various problems due to pandemic coronavirus and war in Ukraine.
The Prime Minister thanked IOM for assisting in the repatriation of Bangladeshi victims who were trafficked to various countries including Libya and the European Union.
The IOM Director General appreciated the various steps taken by Bangladesh for the welfare of migrants and expressed hope that the area of cooperation between Bangladesh and IOM will expand further in the future.