The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a seminar on Thursday titled “50 Years of Bangladesh-Thailand Friendship: Prospects and Way Forward” to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the diplomatic relations established between Bangladesh and Thailand.
Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, the Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary), attended the seminar as the chief guest. Ms. Makawadee Sumitmor, Ambassador of Thailand to Bangladesh, was the event’s Guest of Honor, while Ms. Mashfee Binte Shams, Secretary (East), presided over the session.
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Mr. Momen has praised Thailand for its unwavering support of Bangladesh over the past half-century. Under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s capable and imaginative leadership, he anticipated that the same progress would be made toward Bangladesh’s goal of being a knowledge-based, developed nation by 2041.
Mr. Momen was notably appreciative of Thailand’s prompt recognition of Bangladesh after its independence in 1972. While recognizing the current strong bilateral relations between the two friendly nations, he praised their shared commitment and cooperation for development and prosperity, along with peace and stability in the country and beyond. Additionally, he emphasized the need for stronger regional unity to gain from the momentum in Asia.
According to the Thai ambassador, Ms. Makawadee Sumitmor, Bangladesh has progressed phenomenally since its independence. She also said that Bangladesh’s strong economy has opened up new ways for the two countries to cooperate and support each other. Noting the cultural, civilizational, and geographical proximity between the two nations, she expressed optimism that the bilateral relations between the two nations will be further enhanced in the future. She also underlined the importance of establishing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to facilitate bilateral trade between the two allied nations.
Speakers at the Seminar emphasized dynamic diplomatic relations, the Trade and Connectivity environment, and existing Thai investments in Bangladesh, as well as possibilities in Bangladesh. They also identified potential areas for increased bilateral collaboration and addressed the challenges to simplify the issues.
The speakers include Ambassador Kazi Imtiaz Hossain, Chairman of BIISS (Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies), Prof. Dr. Delwar Hossain, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, and Mr. Jibon Krishna Saha Roy, Director of BIDA (Bangladesh Investment Development Authority). The Heads of Missions and diplomats of ASEAN nations in Dhaka, previous Bangladeshi ambassadors, senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of BIISS, students, and others attended the seminar.