Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Akramul Qader yesterday met Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power at the Capitol Hill here, according to an official handout issued here today.
The Ambassador briefed Ed Whitefield on the current economic advancements in Bangladesh. He stated that Bangladesh is maintaining over 6 percent growth for more than a decade having a population of nearly 160 million. He also added that Bangladesh is self sufficient in food and has made headway in sustainable production of rice in water logged and saline areas in Bangladesh.
Ambassador Qader briefed the Congressman on the worker’s rights and safety in the RMG sector in Bangladesh. He said that Bangladesh has been steadily implementing the commitments made and suggestions elaborated by the US, EU and development partners. Yet, it remains a continuous process.
“Present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is steadfast to sustain the changes to make RMG sector a clean, dignified and productive sector”, he added. .
The Bangladesh Ambassador requested the congressman for his support to restore GSP benefits for Bangladesh. He also briefed the congressman on the current energy and power scenario and prospects of renewable solar energy in Bangladesh.
He informed the congressman that the Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh will visit Washington DC, shortly; a meeting has also been scheduled for the Adviser on May 30 May.
The Bangladesh Ambassador also briefed the congressman on the current status of the trials in the International Crime Tribunal- (ICT).
Congressman Whitfield was appreciative of Bangladesh for its impressive economic emancipation. He deeply appreciated Ambassador Qader for his hard work and splendid contribution to reinforce Bangladesh-US relations during the latter’s tenure in the USA.