Video Conference of SAARC Technical Teams on COVID-19
Foreign Secretary and Coordinator, Corona Cell visit hospital that could be used for Foreign Corona Patients from Diplomatic Missions in Dhaka
"The Government has put forth its best efforts to help out the foreign citizens in Bangaldesh"
Dhaka, 5 April 2020
The Government of Bangladesh has put forth its best efforts to help out the foreign citizens and permanent residents (PRs) stranded in Bangladesh. Government has extended its wholehearted cooperation to the foreign missions in Dhaka who sought assistance to take their citizens and PRs keen to stand by their family members during this crisis period. So far the government has facilitated six special flights including two flights to USA consisting of over 900 passengers. Most of them being regular visitors arriving in Bangladesh before the COVID-19 outbreak, became stranded as the regular flight operations were suspended. As they started to contact the embassies and request for the repatriation, embassies undertook measures in collaboration with the government to arrange charter flights. About 85 percent of USA-bound passengers are Bangladeshi-born US citizens and PRs who traveled to reunite with their families and accompany them during the time when they need them most. A significant number of PRs had to travel back to USA before the deadline period, a legal obligation that needs to be obliged by all PRs. A large number of Japanese and Russians who have left and are in the process of leaving were engaged in different projects which are currently not in operation. So these experts & consultants have decided to join their families as currently they do not have much work. As soon as the situation normalizes, all of them are expected to return. Among other cases, a good number of foreign students studying in Bangladesh have flown back and are in the process of leaving Bangladesh as all the educational institutions are presently closed. In the same spirit, Government remains committed to providing adequate health facilities and support to the foreign citizens and PRs living inside the country, particularly diplomats and their families.
Bangladesh Foreign Service Association to donate their full Boishakhi Allowance to Honorable Prime Minister's Relief Fund in an effort to join hands in nation’s fight against COVID-19
The world today is experiencing an unprecedented prevalence of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). This global pandemic, as declared by the World Health Organization, has already spread to more than 200 countries and infected more than one million people, of which about sixty five thousand have already died. The unbelievable rate of spreading of the virus is only worsened by the fact that it lacks any specific antidote to be dealt with. Even developed countries like the United States, France, Italy, Spain are finding themselves in abyss while fighting this crisis which is being said to be the ‘greatest’ faced by the humanity after the WWII.
Bangladesh, however, has so far been successful in containing the spread of the virus at a tolerable level thanks to the timely and effective steps taken by the Government of Bangladesh and the sincere efforts of all concerned. As part of this effort, Government of Bangladesh has declared a general closure of all the government and non-government offices and educational institutions, excluding the production of urgent services and regular necessities, till 14 April 2020 as well as has banned all public gatherings to ensure preventive ‘social distancing’.
Meanwhile, as the government is working diligently to employ its full capacity behind empowering the health service to deal with any unforeseen situation by monitoring the situation of the most affected countries, it has taken elaborate initiatives along with food and finance assistance to meet up the urgent needs of the working people who have stopped earning due to this unexpected break.
Beside these government initiatives, various private organizations and individuals have also come forward to provide voluntary healthcare services and provide necessary support to the low income people.
At this grave moment of national crisis, officials and employees of all levels of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are being entrusted with the responsibility of being the responsible public servants of the Republic. Side by side, members of the Bangladesh Foreign Service Association, as public servants and citizens of the state, have always come forward to support the government's initiatives and provide assistance from the individual level. In consistence with that legacy, all the members of Bangladesh Foreign Service Association have decided to give their money for this year's Baishakhi allowance to the Hon'ble Prime Minister's Relief Fund. The amount to be paid by the Bangladesh Foreign Service Association is approximately Tk 30 (thirty) lakh.
With this small contribution, Bangladesh Foreign Service Association is also in solidarity with the Hon'ble Prime Minister's directive to observe this year’s Bengali New Year in an unceremonious manner.
It would be pertinent to note here that the Foreign Ministry officials and employees working in different parts of the world have already pledged to pay the equivalent of their one day's wages to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund at the call of the Hon’ble Foreign Minister to participate in the Prime Minister's Housing Program for the homeless on the momentous occasion of the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, ‘Mujib Shotoborsho 2020’.
Bangladesh Foreign Service Association is, as always, committed to extend their heart for the any humanitarian cause during any national crisis, in addition to implementing all Government priorities. To this end, members of this Association are pledging to remain relentless in providing any emergency assistance to the expatriate Bangladeshis during this global Corona crisis.
প্রধানমন্ত্রীর তহবিলে ফরেন সার্ভিস সদস্যদের বৈশাখী ভাতার ৩০ লাখ টাকা দান
Ministry of Foreign Affairs donates 10, 000 Masks to Armed Forces Division for Distribution among Poor and Destitute People.
Foreign Minister speaks to his Chinese counterpart about combatting Coronavirus
Bangladesh sought to bring a Chinese team of experts to support Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital, one of the three hospitals declared a dedicated facility in Dhaka for coronavirus treatment for Diplomats. Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen made the proposal during his 45-minute telephone conversation with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He also talked on the possibility of accepting a Chinese medical team of experts comprising of doctors, nurses and technicians to treat coronavirus patients and provide training to Bangladeshi medical professionals and importing ventilators from China during this critical moment. He requested the Chinese foreign minister to consider deferral of payments against all back to back letters of credit opened in favour of Chinese suppliers for one year.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs facilitates return of 124 stranded Foreign Nationals to their home counties
Today, 10 April 2020, Ministry of Foreign Affairs facilitated return of 124 stranded nationals of 15 European countries from Dhaka by a Special flight chartered by the Germany Embassy in Dhaka. There were also some Bangladeshi-German nationals in the group. The German Ambassador to Bangladesh who came to the airport to see the passengers off said that most of these people who left Dhaka were engaged in many developemnt projects in Bangladesh where the work is temporarily suspended due to holidays declared by the Government of Bangladesh to prevent the spread of Corona virus. These foreign nationals are expected to return to BANGLADESH as soon as the Government declared holidays are over. There were also some nationals who come to BANGLADESH to meet their families and for business purpose. The German Government thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate the process.
List of COVID-19 related Telemedicine Service Providers Launched
In collaboration with a2i/PMO and ICT Ministry a “List of Telemedicine Service Providers” has been developed and launched. The links are provided below to consult online COVID-19 related online service providers by any Expatriate Bangladeshi or any Bangladeshi in the country.
The callers just have to click on any of the website links to get connected with these service providers.
Telemedicine for Migrants
Telemedicine Service Provider’s for Migrants Connectivity Information:
Envoys of Muslim countries in Dhaka donate food for the destitute people
Today, 11 April 2029, Envoys of Muslim countries in Dhaka s donated six tonnes of food for distribution among the destitute people locked down due Corona virus pandemic situation.
The donation was handed over to Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka in presence of Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen at the State Guest House Padma.
The Palestinian ambassador, on behalf of all Muslim missions here, said their support would be continuing for Bangladesh in combating the deadly coronavirus.
The Foreign Minister thanked the Envoys expressed his gratitude to the ambassadors of the Muslim countries for their private help.
Local Pharmaceutical Companies produce to shock of anti-COVID-19 Medicines
Beacon Pharmaceuticals have produced a drug called Favipiravir -- an anti-flu and viral infection medication -- said to be effective in the treatment of coronavirus patients in China. Beacon Pharma handed over 4000 tablets -- free of cost, according to Karim -- to DGDA for medical trial on coronavirus patients. Beacon, as well as Beximco and five other pharmaceutical companies, are currently working towards making the medicine.
Local pharmaceuticals producing anti-flu drug that holds hope of Covid-19 cure
Incepta Pharmaceuticals has stopped exporting Hydroxychloroquine under the brand name 'Reconil' to meet its possible demand to fight COVID-19 here. It has also scaled up production of the medicine that has shown promise, in some cases, in treating the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, said a press statement. Many countries are willing to import Reconil from Incepta, but the local drug-maker is not currently exporting it considering possible domestic demand.
Coronavirus care: Incepta ceases Reconil export
Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK) will formally handover its Covid-19 testing kit which can detect coronavirus infection in 15 minutes and is expected to cost around Tk300-350 each, GR Covid-19 Dot Blot, to government authorities on April 11 (Saturday). the kit will be provided to international public health organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for testing and feedback.
Hon'ble Prime Minister's outstanding leadership reflected in her economic packages, offered to fight against Covid-19. She has outlined the economic packages for the people in such a way that would help the country to overcome the impact of Coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Bangladesh Navy Ship delivers food, medicines and medical equipment for Maldives
Today, 22 April 2020, a Bangladesh Navy ship arrived and delivered at a ceremony more than 100 metric tons of food, medicines and medical equipment as assistance from the government of Bangladesh for the Maldives. At the directive of Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh Navy along with the Bangladesh High Commission in Male facilitated the dispatch and delivery of the consignment . At the receiving ceremony at Male, the Foreign Minister, Defense Minister and Chief of Defense Force of Maldives and the Bangladesh High Commissioner to Maldives were present.
Bangladesh consignment of medical supplies handed over to Bhutan
On 23 April 2020, the good-will consignment of the Bangladesh Prime Minister of Sheikh Hasina to the King of Bhutan to deal with the Corona Pandemic in Bhutan was handed over to the Bhutanese authority by the Bangkadesh Ambassador to Bhutan. This reflects Bangladesh's commitment to supporting our friendly countries in this crisis time.
Foreign Minister speaks to Bangladesh Envoys in West Asian countries
On 27 April 2020, Foreign Minister held a Video Conference with the Bangladesh Ambassadors in West Asian countries to discuss all issues arising from COVID-19 situation and provided them necessary guidance, including overall welfare, protection of rights and retention of employment of Bangladeshi workers in those countries now and in post-COVID-19 period.
Bangladesh gifts Banglamati rice, seasonal fruits and fresh vegetables to UAE
Dhaka, 01 May 2020:
Bangladesh sent as gifts fine quality of rice (developed by Bangladeshi Scientists named Banglamati), seasonal fruits and fresh vegetables to the United Arab Emirates by a cargo flight of Etihad Airlines yesterday. The gifts include banglamati rice, fresh watermelon, pineapple, Okra, potato, pointed gourd, cucumber etc. Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) provided Banglamati rice and the Ministry of Agriculture arranged fresh vegetables under the guidance of Agriculture Minister Dr.Abdur Razzaq.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen mentioned Bangladesh's remarkable progress in the agriculture sector with surplus food production during his meeting with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE in January 2020. On a separate occasion, the chairman of the UAE Investment Authority Sheikh Hamadbin Zayed Al Nahyan expressed his willingness to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to import rice from Bangladesh during his courtesy call in Abu Dhabi in January 2020.
The gifts were primarily made from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the President, the Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the Foreign Minister, the Minister of Human Resources and the Minister of State for Food Security of the United Arab Emirates. The gifts were made as a gesture of good will and fraternity between Bangladesh and the UAE.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka is trying to explore overseas markets for surplus agro-products of Bangladesh, especially the seasonal fruits, fresh vegetables and meat. It is noteworthy; UAE authority has procured around 40 tons of fresh vegetables and meat and carried them in the same cargo flight. This might be a good start of exporting quality rice, fruits, vegetables and meat to the UAE.
Probashi Helpline offers telemedicine service to expatriate Bangladeshis
সুইডেনের কোম্পানি এ্ইচ এন্ড এম বাংলাদেশকে ৮ টি ভেন্টিলেটর ও ১৫০০ পিপিই দিল
সুইডেনের কোম্পানি এ্ইচ এন্ড এম (H&M) ৮টি ভেন্টিলেটর ও ১৫০০ পিপিই দিল বাংলাদেশকে। আজ পররাষ্ট্র মন্ত্রণালয়ে পররাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রী ড. এ. কে. আব্দুল মোমেনের উপস্থিতিতে এসব চিকিৎসা সামগ্রী স্বাস্থ্য ও পরিবার কল্যাণ বিভাগের সচিব মো: আসাদুল ইসলামের নিকট হস্তান্তর করেন এ্ইচ এন্ড এম কোম্পানির প্রতিনিধি বশিরুন নবী খান।
এসময় পররাষ্ট্রসচিব মাসুদ বিন মোমেন ও সুইডেনের রাষ্ট্রদূত Charlotta Schlyter উপস্থিত ছিলেন
চিকিৎসা সামগ্রী হস্তান্তর অনুষ্ঠানে পররাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রী করোনার কারণে সৃষ্ট বর্তমান পরিস্থিতিতে বাংলাদেশের তৈরি পোশাক শিল্পের ক্রয়াদেশ বাতিল না করায় এ্ইচ এন্ডে এম কোম্পানিকে ধন্যবাদ জানান। তিনি বলেন এ ক্ষেত্রে সুইডেনের এ কোম্পানি আদর্শ স্থাপন করেছে এবং অন্যান্য কোম্পনিরও উচিত তাদের মডেল অনুসরণ করা। ড. মোমেন গত এপ্রিল মাসে প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনা ও সু্ডেনের প্রধানমন্ত্রীর টেলিফোনের আলাপের উল্লেখ করে বলেন, উভয় দেশ করোনার প্রভাব মোকাবিলায় একসাথে কাজ করে যেতে চা্য়।
সুইডেনের রাষ্ট্রদূত Charlotta Schlyter বলেন, সুইডেন সব সময় বাংলাদেশের পাশে আছে এবং এখন সুইডেনের কোম্পানিও এক্ই পথ অনুসরণ করছে। তিনি করোনা ভাইরাস মোকবিলায় বাংলাদেশের সাথে কাজ করার অঙ্গীকার পুর্নব্যক্ত করেন।