Also directed the diplomates to be alert about negative campaigns against Bangladesh in the external world.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen called upon Bangladesh’s ambassadors in European countries and the UK to explore new markets for Bangladeshi products by protecting the ready-made garment (RMG) export market during the Covid-19 pandemic on a virtual meeting on Monday.
Bangladesh’s ambassadors from the UK, Italy, France, Sweden, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria were present in the virtual meeting, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Dr. Rubana Huq also joined the meeting.
The Foreign Minister urged the ambassadors to play their due role in keeping the trend of export earnings uninterrupted and directed them to share government initiatives to overcome the Covid-19 situation with the respective government and expatriates Bangladeshis there including the stimulus package
He also briefed the ambassadors to explore opportunities for Bangladeshi workers in new areas there and to remain alert about negative campaigns against Bangladesh in the external world.
Dr. Momen said that due to the farsighted leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has been able to keep the wheel of its economy moving as well as ensure the treatment of COVD-19 patients.
He mentioned that the government has announced a $12.11-billion stimulus package to overcome the temporary pressure on the national economy during the Covid-19 outbreak and 5 crore people of the country received cash support.
BGMEA President Rubana Huq said the RMG factories are in production following the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organisation (ILO).
After meeting its domestic demand, Bangladesh exported 6.5 million pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the US market, she mentioned.
Rubana Huq also sought ambassadors’ support sharing these problems of the RMG sector. The ambassadors assured her of providing required support in this regard.