Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, MP, called on the Foreign Minister of Republic of Tajikistan, Sirodjidin Aslov on 8 June 2015 and the Minister for Economic Development and Trade, Nematullo Hikmatullozoda, at Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Shahriar Alam arrived Dushanbe on 8 June 2015 to attend the High Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’, 2005-2015 on behalf of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Inauguration of the conference will be held today, 9 June 2015, at the presence of a number of Heads of State/ Heads of Government/Deputy Prime Minister from Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Gabon, Kazakhstan as well as the UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon & heads of other UN agencies i,e. UNDP, UN Women.
During the call on, the Ministers exchanged their views on a number of issues of mutual interest i.e. bilateral and multilateral relations, trade and economic prospects etc. Mentioning the friendly and brotherly relationship with Tajikistan, Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs stressed on the joint study of the trade potentials between the two countries.
Other areas of co-operations discussed were hydro-power technology, textiles and garments etc. The Tajik Ministers expressed their willingness to further strengthening the existing bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Tajikistan.
Bangladesh State Minister Foreign Affairs also attended the pre-conference Round Table on Water Forum of LDCs and SIDS as a designated speaker where he stressed the trans-boundary river management, support from the global community beyond ODA, Technology transfer for water management, strengthening the capacity of national and local institutions, mainstreaming water management into the national development policy etc.