The Ambassador

Ambassador’s New Year Message

 

As we say goodbye to yet another eventful year and start the countdown to 2018, I take the opportunity to thank everyone for your continued support and friendship.

Bangladesh-Japan relations continued to be marked by mutual trust, friendship and cooperation in 2017. The year witnessed continued exchange of high level visits, testament to the growing engagement between Bangladesh and Japan under the framework of Comprehensive Partnership. People-to-people contact is also growing in different spheres. Japan as a destination for quality higher education is increasingly being recognized in Bangladesh and that is evident from the growing number of Bangladeshi students coming to Japan for higher education.  And I expect this trend to continue in the coming year.

Japan as the largest development partner, has continued its support to Bangladesh’s development efforts. We have also observed a steady growth in trade and investment between the two countries. The successful organization of the 3rd Public Private Economic Dialogue in Tokyo was reiteration of the keen interest and potentials of both countries to further deepen and expand economic cooperation and business relations. I invite Japanese businesses to further explore the potentials of Bangladesh as an investment destination.

The Embassy celebrated the recognition by UNESCO of the historic 7th of March address by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as “The World Documentary Heritage” at a program attended by a large number of expatriate Bangladeshis and Japanese dignitaries and officials.  The celebration of this well-deserved recognition of our first call for independence by Bangabandhu was both a moment of pride and a humbling reminder of our responsibility as a nation to uphold the principles for which we fought for under Bangabandhu’s leadership. The presence and participation of our Japanese friends made the occasion truly special.

Japan occupies a very special place in Bangladesh’s foreign policy and people-to-people relations, and the Embassy is committed to strengthening and deepening bilateral relations in every sphere including political, economic, trade, education, sports and culture. We wish to establish Bangladesh as the favoured destination for Japanese companies, students and tourists.

The Embassy’s mission is to foster responsible public diplomacy and to promote friendship between our two peoples.  Towards that end, we will organize programmes and activities throughout the coming year. We would like to see the active participation of our community members and Japanese friends and partners in those programmes.

I am pleased to share with you that our efforts to update the database of Bangladesh nationals in Japan is progressing well.  I will request those who have not yet registered to do so soon.  It will only take a few minutes to register yourself through the Citizen Registration form on our website and mail it back to the following e-mail: bdembassy.tokyo@mofa.gov.bd. All information provided will be kept confidential.

I thank all members of the Bangladesh community in Japan for their contribution in promoting friendly relations between our two countries. The Embassy and I, remain committed to serving you all to the best of our abilities. We welcome your suggestions and feedback on any of the services we render. Please send your views, comments and feedback to us at: bdembassy.tokyo@mofa.gov.bd.  A comment box has also been set up in the Embassy to receive your feedback.

Let me sign off for the year by wishing you all the very best for a peaceful, productive and prosperous year ahead.  Happy New Year!

Long Live Bangladesh-Japan Friendship.

 

Rabab Fatima

Ambassador