FM, EU delegation visit northern districts

DHAKA - Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali accompanied by a high-powered EU Delegation, led by Ambassador and Head of EU Delegation Pierre Mayaudon, today visited the northern districts-- Nilphamari, Dinajpur and Panchagarh.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised this field trip as part of "Visit Bangladesh" programme for the diplomats to see for themselves the changes that the northern districts of the country have undergone in the last seven or more years especially in connectivity including roads, bridges, railways, electricity and socio-economic development.

Other members of the delegation included British High Commissioner Alison Blake, Ambassadors of Germany Dr Thomas Prinz, Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaere of the Netherlands and Mikael Hemniti Winther of Denmark.

The day one begun with, the delegation visiting Uttara EPZ in Nilphamari, one of the growing EPZs. The delegation was briefed by the EPZ authorities about the impact the EPZ is having in socio-economic condition of the area especially uplifting the women through their employment.

Although it is situated away from land or sea port the overall cost of doing business is lower in this EPZ. They also took the delegation to visit a leather item factory.

Afterwards the delegation visited Khansama Upazilla complex and met with the Chairmen of Upazilla and Union Parishads. Officials of Upazilla administration were also present.

They visited the "Haque-er Haat" Community Health Clinic and saw local level health services delivery- an exemplary health service delivery programme initiated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the people in rural areas all over Bangladesh.

The first day ended with visit to a Litchi garden which Dinajpur is famous for and historic tourist site "Ramsagar".

Tomorrow the delegation will visit UNESCO heritage site Kantajew temple and tea gardens in Panchagarh.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)