Bangladesh’s new envoy presents credentials to Dutch King

Newly appointed Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands M Riaz Hamidullah has presented his credentials to King Willem-Alexander in the Royal Palace in The Hague. 

As the ceremony, King Willem-Alexander and Ambassador Hamidullah discussed key issues of bilateral interest and engagements, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

 The King recalled his visit to Bangladesh decades back, lauded Bangladesh’s impressive socio-economic development, and applauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ‘charismatic leadership over one decade now’. 

 The King said that both the deltaic nations share “unique commonalties in issues and also approach to global challenge like climate change, water, women, blue economy, sustainable manufacturing, circular economy’’.    

Ambassador Hamidullah, thanked the Dutch government for appreciation of Bangladesh’s challenges as well as accomplishments and result-oriented cooperation since Bangladesh’s independence.

 He particularly acknowledged the role and support of the Dutch government is mobilizing the Dutch RMG Brands to remain engaged in Bangladesh during the COVID crisis.

 He apprised the King of the existing and emerging investment opportunities in Bangladesh for Dutch entrepreneurs across Agriculture, IT, Blue Economy, 4IR technologies, water in mutually beneficial terms.

 Bangladesh and the Netherlands has around $1.5 billion bilateral trade out of which Bangladesh exports $1.2 billion to Netherlands. 

 Cumulative Dutch investment in Bangladesh stands at over $ 1 billion. 

 The Secretary General (Foreign Secretary) of the Dutch Foreign Ministry and the Grand Master of the Royal Court joined the King at the courtesy call by Ambassador Hamidullah following presentation of the Credentials.