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Great co-operation will benefit both Bangladesh and PNG

The Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill  would like to see a strengthening of economic and political relations with the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

Speaking after a courtesy call from the Bangladesh High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, H.E. Nazmul Quaunine, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh shares a number of similar developmental challenges to Papua New Guinea and there are lessons that can be learned from these experiences.

The Prime Minister also noted that the two countries are affected by a number of the same global political issues and should work closer together in international forums.

“Bangladesh is a developing country that is active in many of the same sectors as Papua New Guinea, and we have the opportunity to share experience and encourage greater investment between our two countries.

“This includes agriculture, fisheries, forestry products and also in oil and gas.

“The commonalities in our economies also means that Bangladesh faces similar economic challenges due to lower commodity prices and a slowdown in larger economies.

“Our officials in these relevant sectors will now have greater communication with a view to sharing information that will benefit both countries.”

The Prime Minister further made the point that dealing with global issues such as climate change are of great importance for both countries.

“Bangladesh has been hit by severe disasters in recent years,” Prime Minister O’Neill said.

“There has been substantial loss of life and property because of extreme weather brought about by climate change.

“Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea and countries in similar positions must continue to speak with one voice at the United Nations and other global forums.

“Bangladesh is a country of around one hundred and seventy million people who are very exposed to the risks of climate change, so we must work together on this issue.”

PM O’Neill also thanked the High Commissioner for the contribution being made by the growing number of citizens of Bangladesh who are working in Papua New Guinea in fields such as medicine and engineering.

“We thank the professionals who have come to work in our country for their contribution they make to healthcare, and in the delivery of major developments such as the LNG projects.”

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