The United Arab Emirates based port terminal handler DP World has expressed an interest to run Chittagong Port’s New Mooring Container Terminal and Bay Terminal, officials said in Dhaka on Wednesday.
‘They expressed the interest in the 4th Bangladesh-UAE joint commission meeting held in Abu Dhabi in February 5-6,’ an economic relations division official familiar with the process told the agency.
He added that the Bangladesh side would review the proposal of the enterprise, which operates at 78 marine and inland terminals supported by over 50 related businesses in 40 countries.
State minister for finance and planning MA Mannan and UAE state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash led their respective sides during the meeting, when the two sides also showed interest in initiating cooperation for development of renewable energy in Bangladesh.
‘Masdar Company, an energy enterprise, will share information regarding their experience and company portfolio with the ministry of energy of Bangladesh through diplomatic channels,’ the official added.
He said that the meeting decided that Bangladesh would send proposals seeking assistance from Abu Dhabi Fund for Development for some priority projects along with their feasibility study reports.
‘The ADFD has expressed its interest in studying the proposals,’ the official said, adding that both sides also agreed to promote the exchange of technical assistance in agriculture sector.
Besides, a decision was taken under which Bangladesh will provide the UAE with a draft memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of agriculture between the two countries for their consideration.
Bangladesh and the UAE also reached an agreement that the civil aviation authorities of both the countries would enhance the opportunities available under the air services arrangements by April.
Bangladesh handed over the UAE a draft memo on programme exchange and media cooperation for their consideration.
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