Ambassador Ziauddin meets Senator Ron Johnson

DHAKA, Feb 1, 2017 (BSS) - Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Mohammad Ziauddin met US Republican Senator Ron Johnson in Washington DC on Tuesday and discussed wide range of issues, including bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

This was Ambassador Ziauddin's second meeting with the ruling Republican Party Senator within a week, according to a message received here today.

Senator Johnson of Wisconsin is a member of the US Senate Committees on Budget, Foreign Relations and Commerce, Science and Transportation.

On January 24, he also met with Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker and pressed for duty free trade facility for Bangladeshi products in the US market.

Ambassador Ziauddin briefed Senator Johnson on Bangladesh's shining economy as well as ongoing development activities being executed under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Referencing Sheikh Hasina's fight against violent extremism and terrorism, the envoy said Bangladesh was deeply engaged with the USA and other friendly countries to encounter terrorism for ensuring democracy and development.

The Senator recalled the terrible past of the Prime Minister and her family, including the assassination of most of her family in 1975, and her own struggle to materialize Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's dream of a 'Golden Bengal'.

The Ambassador said due to her own traumatic experience, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has always been a determined person to weed out all kinds of extremism and terrorism at home and abroad.

On women empowerment, Ziauddin said, more than four million workers of Bangladesh's apparel industry were women and they have been immensely contributing to build a peaceful and tolerant society.

Responding to a query from Senator Johnson, Ambassador Ziauddin said the economic growth rate of Bangladesh was a record 7 percent, which is expected to reach at 7.5 percent this fiscal ending June. The envoy also sought duty free and quota free (DFQF) market access to the USA for Bangladesh products.

"Currently, only 34 African Least Developed Countries (LDC), out of 48 LDCs, are getting DFQF benefit, whereas the European Union is providing this benefit to all the LDCs. Therefore, on the basis of justice and fair play, the US government should allow all the LDCs including Bangladesh to get the DFQF benefit," the Ambassador told the Senator.

Senator Johnson thanked Ambassador Ziauddin for his note and said that he was in favor of free trade where all can be benefitted.

Ms. Carol E. Foster, Legislative Assistant of the Congressman, and Toufique Hasan, Minister (Political) of Bangladesh Embassy, were present.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)