A seven-member high level delegation of Bangladesh Awami League led by Minister for Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives Syed Ashraful Islam MP is now on a visit to China on invitation of the Communist Partly of China (CPC).
The delegation include, among others, former Minister Muhammad Faruq Khan, MP; Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, MP; Ashim Kumar Ukil, senior leader, Bangladesh Awami League; Faridun Nahar Laily, senior leader, Bangladesh Awami League; S. M. Kamal Hossain, senior leader, Bangladesh Awami League; and Barrister Biplab Barua, senior leader, Bangladesh Awami League.
The programme of the delegation includes, inter alia, meetings with central and provincial party leaders in Kunming, Dali, Beijing, and Shanghai.
Today, the 11th May, the delegation met Wang Jiarui, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC); country’s highest political advisory body comprising a wide range of political parties and organizations as well as individuals; at the International Department of the Central Committee of CPC in Beijing.
At the very outset, the Vice Chairman expressed satisfaction over excellent bilateral relations between the two countries as well as between the Communist Party of China and Bangladesh Awami League. He stressed on the need for further strengthening the relationship to promote pragmatic cooperation between the two countries. He then briefed on CPC’s policies and contributions in the development of China.
He mentioned that although the country has been attaining growing influence due to its economic strength, China pursues a policy of peaceful collaborative relationship with all its neighbours including Bangladesh. Expressing eagerness to further strengthen relationship with Bangladesh, the Vice Chairman disclosed their plan to invite the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh and some other leaders from Asian countries to a Forum on ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative to be held in China in the latter half of this year.
In response, the LGRD Minister expressed his government’s keen interest to take China-Bangladesh relationship to a higher level for mutual benefit. Emphasizing on regular exchange of high level visits between the two countries, the Minister underscored the need for more women and youth exchange programs as well as more party-to-party interactions between the two countries.
The Vice Chairman endorsed the ideas of the Minister and stressed on the implementation of these ideas. Finally, the Minister highlighted the importance of multi-modal connectivity between Kunming and Bangladesh to promote trade and investment between the two countries. Expressing China’s firm commitments towards regional connectivity, the Vice Chairman laid importance on faster progress in implementation of BCIM EC.
Latter in the day, Chen Fengxiang, Vice Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of CPC hosted a lunch in honour of the LGRD Minister and his entourage. In the course of the lunch, the Minister and his delegation briefed the Chinese side on socio-economic progress of the present government and sought personal intervention of the Vice Minister to encourage more Chinese investment to Bangladesh.