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People's Republic of Bangladesh
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Segunbagicha, Dhaka

 

Bangladesh and Uganda to sign MOU on agricultural cooperation

Uganda, 02 Jun 2010


Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni, MP, attending the Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Kampala, Uganda   HFM picture with State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uganda Mr. Isaac Isanga Musumba

Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni attending the Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Kampala, had meetings today with the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uganda Mr. Isaac Isanga Musumba and the Ugandan State Minister for Agriculture Mr. Aggrey Henry Bagiire. The Ugandan State Minister for Foreign Affairs expressed happiness at the return of democracy and stability in Bangladesh, since his last visit to Dhaka in 2007.

During the discussions, they reviewed the existing level of cooperation between Bangladesh and Uganda, and examined ways to further broaden and deepen cooperation in identified sectors of cooperation. Agricultural cooperation in the form of sharing of experience, technology, seed, etc. featured prominently in the meetings. Ugandan State Minister for Agriculture shared the problems of distribution of food in his country despite being self-sufficient in food production. Bangladesh expressed interest in obtaining high-yielding varieties of rice seeds from Uganda while offering to develop human resources of Uganda in agricultural sector through programmes in agricultural research institutions of Bangladesh. Uganda agreed to propose a draft MOU on agricultural cooperation to be signed between the two countries. It was agreed that Bangladesh would send a delegation to Uganda to finalise the MOU. The two sides also agreed to examine the possibility of Uganda leasing out agricultural land to investors from Bangladesh for agricultural farming.

Bangladesh expressed its keenness to import cotton from Uganda, a major cotton producer, to feed its readymade garments industry. The Ugandan ministers, while agreeing to the idea, sought investment from Bangladesh in establishing readymade garments factories in Uganda. They said that such value addition to their cotton industry would be beneficial for both the countries. The Ugandan Ministers indicated that the investors from Bangladesh could benefit from the quota-free duty-free export preferences Uganda enjoyed under the AGOA (African Growth Initiative of America) in exporting their products to the US market.

Dr. Dipu Moni offered to export Bangladesh's pharmaceutical products, which she described as competitive in terms of price and quality, to Uganda to meet its demand. The Ugandan Ministers readily agreed to the offer. They suggested sending of a business delegation from Bangladesh to Uganda to explore issues related to cotton import from Uganda, establishment of readymade garments factories in Uganda, and export of pharmaceutical products to Uganda. Bangladesh Foreign Minister said that she would soon send a business delegation to Uganda to explore the opportunities in trade and investment in Uganda.
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Bangladesh and Uganda to sign MOU on agricultural cooperation