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13. Dezember 2012 4 13 /12 /Dezember /2012 12:39
Bangladesh is in the process of strengthening ties with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to draw foreign direct investment (FDI) from there and boost manpower export to those countries, officials said in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Following intense diplomatic efforts, Bangladesh has already received proposals from investors from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Oman for making sizeable investments in the country's energy, infrastructure and tourism sectors.
The UAE has offered to invest in four projects in the shipping sector. Those projects include setting up a deep-sea port at Sonadia near Cox's Bazar at an estimated cost of $8.6 billion, officials at the Bangladesh Board of Investment (BOI) said.
The other projects are: the New Mooring Container Terminal in Chittagong, Inland Container Depot with railway connectivity in Dhaka and a new container depot at the Mongla port.
The UAE agreed to consider proposed investments in the infrastructure sector in Bangladesh, following a request from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her visit to Dubai in 2011.
Another GCC country, Qatar, has expressed its intention to invest some $4.0 billion to set up a 1,000 megawatt (mw) liquefied-natural-gas-based power plant and to upgrade the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, the relevant BOI officials said.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni is scheduled to visit Bahrain in January to sign important agreements to help attract investments from there.
Oman has also assured Bangladesh of further widening of its job market for Bangladeshi expatriate workers and has invited Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain to visit Muscat next month.
Bangladesh and Oman are likely to sign deals to recruit workers from Bangladesh and engage them in employment in Oman at the initiative of the government.
The monthly recruitment of Bangladeshi workers in Oman fell to around 11,000 plus in July this year from its highest 19,100 in January.
Quelle: Der Inhalt ist ein Ausschnitt aus einer lokalen Zeitung aus Bangladesch "Financial Express". Der Titel des Artikels, den ich hier eingefügt habe, ist meines Eigenen.
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