Salman for promoting co-op in pharma, bio-industry, ICT with Korea


BSS, Dhaka

Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment Affairs Adviser Salman F Rahmanhas stressed the need for promoting cooperation in the pharmaceuticals, bio industry and ICT sectors of Korea.

The Adviser also reflected on the achievements and potentials of Bangladesh in the promising sectors and provided guidance, recommendations and future directions of engagements.

Salman came up with such view while speaking at a webinar on ‘Bangladesh and ROK: Trade and Investment Opportunities’ held yesterday as the chief guest.

The webinar was organized by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Seoul, said a press release.

The release said the speakers at the webinar discussed and exchanged views on the existing trend of bilateral cooperation especially in Pharmaceutical and Bio Industry including the ICT sector as well as charting future course of action in expanding cooperation in these thriving sectors.

Dr. MostafaAbid Khan, Former-Member, Bangladesh Trade and Tariff Commission was the keynote speaker of the webinar.

Guest of Honour of the webinar, Lee Jang-keun, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Bangladesh, highlighted the existing challenges in bilateral trade and investment and called upon the relevant businessmen and investors of both the countries to explore opportunities and tap potentials of the above sectors to further deepen the existing bilateral relationship.

The virtual meeting was participated by the dignitaries and representatives of the government and other trade bodies of both Bangladesh and the Republic of Korea.

The distinguished panelists of the webinar from the Bangladesh side included- Md. Sirazul Islam, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), PabanChowdhury, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA), Ms. Sultana Afroz, Secretary & CEO, Public Private Partnership Authority (PPPA), Major General Md. Nazrul Islam, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA), Bikarna Kumar Ghosh, Managing Director (Secretary) Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, ParthaPratim Deb, Executive Director, Bangladesh Computer Council , Md. JashimUddin, President, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBBCI) and Syed Almas Kabir, President of the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS).

Speakers from the Korea side were Hong KwangHee, President of the Korea Importers Association (KOIMA), Hakhee JO, Vice Chairman of the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) and Kihak Sung, Chairman of the Youngone Corporation.

The Bio and Pharmaceutical sectors of Bangladesh and the Republic of Korea were represented by Abdul Muktadir, Chairman, INCEPTA Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and ArifDowla, Group Managing Director, ACI Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Professor Keeseon S. Eom, President of the International Parasite Resource Bank, JeyKey Lee, Director, GIG International Co. Ltd. and Choi Sun-hee, CAC Trading Co. Ltd.

Representatives of the ICT related companies from both the countries like Lee Jangho, General Manager, Samsung S1 Corporation, EnayeturRahman, CEO, ULKASEMI, M N Islam, CEO, TiCon System Ltd. also spoke during the webinar. Representative from the HSBC Bank, Dhaka ShadabHossain also made important contributions to the seminar.

Abida Islam, Bangladesh Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, moderated the webinar.