Iftekhar off to Tokyo to sign $60m loan deal
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Disaster Rehab

Staff Correspondent

Foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, who left for Tokyo Sunday on a four-day official visit to Japan, said that there was much the two countries could do by working together. Before leaving the capital he also hoped that the visit would further expand Dhaka-Tokyo ties.

The foreign adviser's visit takes place at the invitation of Japanese foreign minister Masahiko Koumura.

Being a major actor on the international stage, Japan will play a significant role in global economy as the host of G-8 Summit this year, he said adding that 'Bangladesh is a "thought-leader" in development and a potentially important player in global economy.

There is much we can do working together.' During his 4-day visit Iftekhar is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Koumura, said a foreign ministry release. The Japanese foreign minister will also host a dinner in honour of his Bangladesh counterpart following the talks on February 25.

The foreign adviser will sign an 'exchange of notes' for a Japanese loan of $ 60 million for emergency disaster damage rehabilitation project' in Bangladesh the same day. He will also meet the president of Japan International Training Cooperation (JITCO), Tashio Takano, and the senior vice-president of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Kenzo Oshima. The adviser will deliver a speech on 'Doha and G-8: Putting Development Back into Doha Round of Trade Talks' at the United Nations University in Tokyo.

He will also speak on 'Bangladesh Foreign Policy and Climate Change' at Japan National Press Club. Iftekhar will also hold a meeting with the president of Japan-Bangladesh parliamentary league, former foreign minister Taro Aso, besides paying a courtesy call on the speaker of the Japanese Diet (parliament), Yohei Kono.

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