World’s second largest oil exploration and marketing company, Total, is planning larger investments in Bangladesh particularly in the LPG and LNG sectors.
Philipe Sauquet, the executive vice president of the French company Total, informed this in a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Paris on Wednesday.
PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim was present at that time.
Philipe Sauquet held the meeting with the prime minister at Bilateral Meeting Room of Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand following a breakfast meeting of the premier with the leaders of Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF), the largest employer federation of France.
Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Huq briefed reporters after the meeting, informing that Total has business both in LNG and LPG sectors in 130 countries including Bangladesh.
Total has launched its operation in Bangladesh in 2002 and they have a bottling plant of 2,500 mt carbon storage. Now they want to double the capacity of plant and the company has already started consultation with Bangladeshi officials in this regard, Sauquet told the Bangladesh premier.
The Total vice president sought Bangladesh’s support for further expanding their business in Bangladesh.
Sauquet then informed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of the various challenges in doing business in Bangladesh, and the premier assured the French businesses to look into the maters, added the foreign secretary said.
Later, Martin Van Schaik, senior executive vice president of Thales, a French aerospace company, called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Bilateral Meeting Room of the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand Hotel.
Martin informed the prime minister of completion of their venture of building Bangabandhu Satellite.
Martin said they have already completed the manufacturing of the satellite and it’s waiting for launching from Cape Canaveral in Florida in March 2018.
He invited the prime minister to join the launching ceremony of the Satellite in Florida, USA.
After settling down on the orbit, Martin said, Bangladesh would receive various information related to different sectors through the satellite from the space.
Sheikh Hasina expressed her plan to share the information of the satellite with the neighbouring countries as well.
The Prime Minister also gave an interview with France 24, a 24-hour international news and current affairs television network.