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Bangladesh to start contract farming in Somalia

| Updated: November 19, 2021 09:03:23


File photo used for representation purpose (Collected) File photo used for representation purpose (Collected)

Somalia has agreed to a Bangladesh proposal on joint contract farming in the African country for better use of its huge unutilised cultivable land.

Visiting State Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Somalia Balal Mohamed Cusman agreed to the proposal made by Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen when the two met on Wednesday. 

Balal Mohamed met Momen on the sidelines of the IORA 21st meeting of Council of Ministers and discussed bilateral issues, reports UNB.

Both sides agreed to establish cooperation in the education, IT and agriculture sectors as well as develop the existing trade and commerce.

Dr. Momen proposed that the agreement on cooperation on avoidance of double taxation may be signed between two countries.

He also sought the support of Somalia on the issue of the safe and dignified return of the displaced Rohingya people to their homeland.

The Balal Mohamed sought the support of Bangladesh for Somalia contesting for UN Security Council Election in 2025-2026 turn.

He expressed his heartfelt thanks for the warm welcome extended by the Bangladesh side to the Somalian delegation during the IORA conference.

Foreign Minister Momen informed that Bangladesh is observing the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who dreamt of emancipation of the people across the globe.

He apprised the Somalian State Minister about the extensive vaccination programme of the Bangladesh Government as well as the Government plan for coproduction of Covid vaccine to immunise the people.

Momen also apprised him about the development march of Bangladesh and said that Bangladesh is maintaining robust economic growth despite the effect of the Covid Pandemic.

He underlined that both countries may cooperate in various areas including agriculture, education, and IT &ICT.

The Foreign Minister suggested that Somalian students may choose to study in Bangladesh private Universities as education is being offered in various disciplines.

He also mentioned that Bangladesh has made a lot of progress in agricultural research areas as well as agricultural production.

Bangladesh is exporting pharmaceuticals to a large number of countries.

Bangladesh also has acquired expertise in shipbuilding and it is producing ships, barges, and boats.

Momen mentioned that Bangladesh has earned expertise in sectors like IT and ICT, agriculture including fisheries and livestock. 

He said Bangladesh and Somalia maintain friendly cooperation.

Somalia has been supporting the international candidature of Bangladesh.

He sought the support of Somalia at the next IMO and Human Rights Councils.

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