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Friday, 04 April 2008

New envoy tells CA

The Foreign Ministry of Italy has announced a 5-lakh-euro grant for enhancing food consumption and livelihoods of ultra-poor women in Bangladesh, as the country now reels out of natural disasters, reports UNB.

This financial support would be given through World Food Programme (WFP) under a programme ‘Enhance Food Consumption and Livelihoods of Ultra Poor Women - Vulnerable Group Development in Bangladesh’.

Newly appointed Italian Ambassador Dr Itala Maria Marta Occhi apprised Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed of the Italian Foreign Ministry’s decision during a courtesy call on him at the CA’s office Wednesday morning.

The Ambassador also informed that Ferrero, a world-famous chocolate and food products manufacturing company of Italy, is donating 7 lakh packets of nutritious biscuits worth about 1.5 million US dollars for cyclone ‘Sidr’ victims. The company was formally handing over the biscuits to Food and Disaster Ministry Wednesday.

The envoy said the Ferrero company would also explore opportunity to invest in Bangladesh, particularly in setting up food-product industries. Chief Adviser Dr Ahmed said Bangladesh attached great importance to her relations with Italy considering the European country as an important development partner of Bangladesh.

He thanked for Italy’s sympathy and assistance for the cyclone-hit people. He noted that trade volume between Bangladesh and Italy increased significantly recently and pointed out that “there is tremendous scope for direct foreign investment in Bangladesh through availing of the prevailing congenial investment atmosphere and attractive packages of incentives offered by the government for foreign investors”.

The CA mentioned that a large number of Bangladeshi expatriates live in Italy, contributing to the economies of both the countries. “Skilled and semi-skilled workers of Bangladesh are law-abiding,” he told the new envoy. The Ambassador thanked Bangladesh for its support for holding World Exposition 2015 (Milan Exposition) in the Italian city of Milan.

On election in Bangladesh, Dr Itala Maria expressed satisfaction over the government’s efforts and roadmap towards holding the polls. The Chief Adviser said his government is committed to holding a free, fair and acceptable election at the end of this year and the Election Commission is working to that end. Secretary to the Chief Adviser’s office Kazi Aminul Islam and CA’s Press Secretary Syed Fahim Munaim were also present.

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