The Resident Representative of the German Political Foundation – Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Bangladesh Dr. Henrik Maihack paid a courtesy call on to Minister of Foreign Affairs Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali at the latter’s office today.
During the meeting, a letter from the Chairman of FES Kurt Beck, was handed over to the Minister by Dr. Maihack inviting the Minister to the FES HQ in Berlin. They also discussed areas and ways of deepening of cooperation and interaction between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the FES.
The Foreign Minister welcomed the opening of the FES office in Dhaka in 2014; and encouraged FES to continue its valuable work in Bangladesh contributing to Bangladesh’s socio-economic development and wider regional cooperation.
Dr. Maihack thanked the Minister for the exceptional support and encouragement that FES has received from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during its opening process and since then. He expressed his hope that as FES has now become fully operational in Bangladesh, that the engagement of FES in and with Bangladesh can be further strengthened.
Dr Maihack underlined that broad areas of engagement for mutual collaboration and discourse could include economic issues that hold significance for Bangladesh’s long-term growth and development; advancement of regional and sub-regional cooperation within and beyond South Asia; and aspects relating to the sustainable development of Bangladesh.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a non-profit German foundation funded by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, headquartered in Bonn and Berlin. It was founded in 1925 and is named after Germany’s first democratically elected President Friedrich Ebert. FES is committed to the advancement of both socio-political and economic development in the spirit of social democracy, through civic education, research, and international cooperation.
It has currently 107 offices across the world. FES has remained active in South Asia for the past decades supporting to build consensus on various issues of regional cooperation with a wide range of stakeholders.