August 8, 2022, 2:09 am

Diplomatic correspondent

2022-08-03 11:24:32 BdST

State Minister for Shipping welcomes US support for inland waterways management

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury has expressed hope that the US investment and technology will improve waterways management of Bangladesh.

The State Minister said this while speaking at a reception hosted in his honor at Bangabandhu Auditorium of Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC on Monday (Aug 1).

State Minister Khalid Mahmud Chowdury is leading a Bangladesh Waterways Management Reverse Trade Mission Team to the United States at the invitation of the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), said the Embassy of Bangladesh Washington DC. 

Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury put emphasis on further expanding collaboration between Bangladesh and United States in the inland waterways and shipping sector, an eco-friendly and less expensive alternative suitable for a riverine country like Bangladesh.

He expressed his optimism that the visit of the Bangladesh Waterways Management Reverse Trade Mission Delegation to the USA will open up a new avenue of long and durable cooperation between the two friendly countries.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Chairman Commodore Golam Sadek highlighted the objective of their visit to different ports and establishments and meeting with authorities concerned during their 10-day stay in the USA. He also briefed the activities of the BIWTA.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States M Shahidul Islam, in his welcome remarks, hoped that the visit of the Bangladesh delegation would further bolster bilateral relationship and cooperation between the two countries.

The event was also attended by senior officials of the USTDA. Mehnaz Ansary from USTDA also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, the delegation members led by State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury placed a floral wreath at the bust of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Corner of the Embassy to pay tributes to the great leader.

Ambassador Shahidul Islam and other officers of the Embassy were present on the occasion.

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