Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. AK Abdul Moment has offered to the United States (US) Embassy in Dhaka to provide local Human Resources (HR) to expedite their visa processing for Bangladeshis who have been heavily delayed due to the lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I can offer my officers to help expedite visa processing, if you need staff to do the job,” he said.
Currently, US visa applicants have to wait over a year to get an appointment date for their visa interview with the Consular Section of the US Embassy in Dhaka.
The foreign minister was speaking at a dinner hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh to celebrate the 28th American Trade Fair on Saturday night at a hotel in the capital.
Dr. Momen urged American companies to open up their business venture in Bangladesh by investing more here, given the excellent business environment and large domestic market prevailing in the country.
“Bangladesh is a land of opportunity…American companies can make more money here,” he said.
Momen said the government of Bangladesh is helpful in facilitating foreign direct investment (FDI) and now is the time for American investors to come here and seize the opportunity to do business.
The foreign minister said that “economic diplomacy” is one of the main thrusts of the foreign policy of the current government of Bangladesh.
He said Dhaka is always looking for meaningful partnerships and wants to engage with friendly countries like the United States in a mutually beneficial way for national and global development ambitions.
“Commitments like the US show must indeed contribute to the realization of our national and global development desires,” he said.
He said that this time the US fair is more important as Bangladesh and the US are celebrating the Golden Jubilee of diplomatic relations.
“I firmly believe that this event will significantly contribute to strengthening the economic, trade and commercial relations between these two friendly countries,” he said.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his gratitude to the US government for providing the largest number of Covid-19 vaccines to help Bangladesh in its fight against the pandemic.
“We have been very successful in the fight against the pandemic as we received help from a friend like you, the United States (in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic),” he said. .
The American Ambassador to Bangladesh, Peter Haas, and the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh, Syed Ershad Ahmed, also spoke, among others.