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From New York: New windows of trade and commerce need to be opened to enhance bilateral partnership and ties between Bangladesh and United States. The two countries have opportunities in technology, education, healthcare, tourism and many other areas to be explored. This was opined during an opinion exchange meeting between US-Bangladesh Partners and International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB) Monday in New York.


The visiting delegation of IBFB joined a dinner meeting with US Bangladesh Partners at Evergreen Restaurant, in Manhattan.


The focus of the meeting was to discuss investment, trading and business opportunities in Bangladesh and USA.


Joyce Moy, CEO of US-Bangladesh Partners hosted the meeting while it was joined by its chairman Aziz Ahmad and several other top businessmen in New York. The 12-member IBFB team, headed by its founder president Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury, was consisted of businessmen from Agro based products, Power and Energy, solar and renewable energy, ready-made Garments (RMG) and Knit composite, Electronic and print media, Banking, Capital Market, Insurance, Information technology and Telecommunications, Health, Education, Textile, Jute and Jute goods.


Monirul Islam, consul general of Bangladesh consulate office in New York joined the meeting as guest of honour.


In her opening statement Joyce Moy said both Bangladesh and United States have common sentiments to work together. Terming Bangladesh as an emerging economy she said, stronger business ties between two countries could help each other.


Bangladesh is an untapped opportunity that is now an influx of foreign or domestic investors and global multinational companies, she said.


Aziz Ahmad termed Bangladesh as the safe destination of world investors and said, here the investors get low cost high impact solutions. The 160 million population of the country can be changed into highly potential manpower with more and more investment, and thus world business community can help millions of people coming out of poverty, he opined.


Monirul Islam mentioned about excellent bi-lateral trade relationship between Bangladesh and United States and said the country’s deep routed democracy is always helpful for safe and profitable investment. All political parties are together on basic economic issues, international investments and growth, he said. Mentioning about Bangladesh-USA partnership Dialogues Monirul Islam said, two countries are working together on climate change, counter terrorism and many other areas.


Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury said the main motto of the delegation in USA was to find the new opportunities of bi-lateral trade. The multi-sectoral delegation visited different business personalities and institutions that have helped them to understand wider scopes of trade and business. The team also met federal government officials, he informed


Inviting more and more investment in Bangladesh by the USA businessmen Mahmudul Islam said, foreign investment in Bangladesh is guaranteed by its constitution.

Aziz Ahmad`s concept revealed-Dhaka to be the sister district of Silicon Valley

New York: Dhaka will be the sister district of Silicon Valley. It is a new concept in the road of digitization of Bangladesh. Aziz Ahmad, a Bangladeshi-American expert in communication technology is now intensively working with the concept of Sister Cities International and is keen to work out a result of his action.

The issue was first unveiled at US Bangladesh Tech Investment Summit held this week in Silicon Valley by none other than Michael Honda, US Congressman of 17th Congressional District of California.

The summit was graced by the presence and speech of Mike Honda through a Skype conference as he was in a session in Washington D.C. and as such he was required to be there to vote.



In his Skype speech in the conference, Mr. Honda commended Aziz Ahmad, in particular for his work with Sister Cities International to help establish relationship between cities and around the globe.


Congressman Honda said, "I believe it is important we work not only on a federal level on bi-lateral trade issues, but also on a local state and city level to build linkages and educate."


"Cities I represent like San Jose, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Fremont and Newark all have worked towards pushing trade missions to South and Central Asia because they recognize that economic engagement starts with personal engagement."


While talking with Banglanews Aziz Ahmad, who also joined the summit along with few other high level delegates from the Bangladesh, said, this is a new concept of interrelationship between important cities.


On technology issue, a relationship between Silicon Valley and the city of Dhaka will be a worthy contribution to the process of digitization and development as well, he added. investors in Silicon Valley have already expressed their interest to invest in Bangladesh. And the Tech investment Summit, held on May 07 at the valley will play a vital role to enhancing the future investment, Said Aziz Ahmad.


He hailed Mr. Sajeeb Wajed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the founder of Digital Bangladesh Initiative for his overwhelming contribution to the process.


Sajeeb Wajed Joy also participated in the summit and called for more and more international investment in IT sector as Bangladesh is now fully prepared to invite such investments.


Bangladesh Bank governor Dr Atiur Rahman took part in the summit and told the international investors about the government`s affirmative financial policies to welcome such investment.


Bangladesh ICT Secretary, Mr. Nazrul Islam Khan assured the potential US and NRB investors for his utmost cooperation in facilitating ICT training and offered office spaces in hi tech parks in a very competitive rate.


Mr. Anthony Spitaleri, the Mayor of Sunnyvale, said, the event is a starting point of many business collaborations and exchanges to come. Like Sunnyvale, Dhaka is a city of tremendous potential and business opportunities.


Dr. Joyce Moy, the CEO of US Bangladesh partners, who visited Bangladesh several times, compared Bangladesh as the economic growth witnessed in late 80s, 90s. Congressman Honda thanked Dr. Joyce Moy to work relentlessly in enhancing US Bangladesh economic relationship between countries.


Mr. Mitul Desai, Sr. Advisor, South east asia of US State department said, This summit is instrumental in enhancing the partnership between our two countries, the US welcome the opportunity to use the partnership dialogue to further enhance our close ties on regional integration, development of Governance, Trade, labor and investment and security cooptation


A new tie between TiE and BASIS has been established through the tech investment summit and we hope it will bring good results for Bangladesh. said AKM Fahim Mashroor, President of BASIS.


The summit was a helpful one and we should ensure a follow-up, said Aziz Ahmad, CEO of UTC Associates, a New York City based US incorporation of software development and ICT consultancies.


Mr. Ahmad is also the vice chairman of US-Pan Asian-American Chambers of Commerce, one of the associated partners of the tech investment summit, jointly organized by Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), US Bangladesh Partners, Agrani Bank Ltd, American Association of Bangladesh Engineers and Architects (AABEA) and Bangladesh Brand Forum.


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