Dhaka, Nov 18, 2020 (BSS) – British High Commissioner Robert Chatterton Dickson has visited Chattogram to discuss strengthening the UK-Bangladesh bilateral relationship and scope for greater cooperation on prosperity and opportunities for increasing trade as well as
economic and social development.
“It’s been great to be here in Chattogram talking to partners about our strong existing links and the potential to do even more, including in the fields of business and commerce, development, security and defence,” he said after his visit, according to a press release issued by British High Commission here today.
The envoy said the UK has played a part in the growth and development of Chattogram for more than 200 years and “those deep connections give us a terrific basis for strengthening these relationships with an increasingly prosperous Bangladesh.”
The High Commissioner visited the port city from November 16 to 17 November where he held meeting with officials of different organizations.
The High Commissioner visited the PHP Shipbreaking and Recycling Yard, the only yard in Bangladesh compliant with the Hong Kong International Convention on ship recycling, to gain an insight into the industry and how it could progress towards the safe and
environmentally sound recycling of ships.
The High Commissioner met the CEO of HSBC-Bangladesh, Mambub ur Rahman, and other senior HSBC staff and major clients to hear how about HSBC’s significant investment in the second largest city in Bangladesh.
Later, he called on the Rear Admiral Md. Abul Kalam Azad, Chairman of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) and Commodore Sumon Mahmud Sabbir,the Managing Director of Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC).
The High Commissioner met with the Commodore A K M Afzal Hossain and Commandant of the Naval Academy to hear how the Navy were preparing staff for the changing naval security posture in the region.
He also toured the BNS Bangabandhu, the Bangladesh Navy flagship, and met the Commanding Officer Captain Tanzim Faruq to learn about its maritime operations and the equipment needed to ensure its future defence capability.
The envoy also met with the Administrator of Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Md. Khurshid Alam Shujon and discussed the UK’s collaboration with the City Corporation and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) benefiting up to 435,000 people currently living in CCC areas.
The High Commissioner also had a meeting with Divisional Commissioner A B M Azad and visited the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery and paid his respects to Commonwealth soldiers and others who sacrificed their lives in World War II.