Vol. 5 Num 1005 Thu. March 29, 2007  

President seeks Algerian investment in ICT, power

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said Algeria could invest in ICT and power sectors of Bangladesh as both the countries need to explore all the avenues of cooperation for mutual benefits.

The president said this when Algerian Ambassador in Dhaka Larbaoui Nadir made a courtesy call on him at Bangabhaban in the city.

During the meeting, the president underlined the need for enhancing economic cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the fields of trade and commerce. "At the moment, the volume of trade is not significant," he added.

The president said the Algerian government could import quality drugs and melamine and leather goods from Bangladesh at very competitive prices.

He said the Algerian government may utilise skilled and unskilled manpower of Bangladesh for its development as Bangladesh is endowed with huge population and have experienced and capable teachers, doctors and engineers.

The president told the envoy that the next parliament election would be held here in a free, fair and credible manner since Bangladesh is a democratic country.

He said the present government is creating a level-playing field for the upcoming general election and updating the voter list.

Dr Iajuddin also lauded the role of the present caretaker government in creating a peaceful atmosphere in the country.

He apprised Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika through the envoy to open a full-fledged embassy in Bangladesh.

The Algerian envoy apprised the president that his government is keen to enhance economic and technical cooperation between the two countries.

He said all the universities and educational institutions of Algeria are open to the students of Bangladesh for higher study.

The president conveyed his best wishes to the Algerian president through the envoy.

Military Secretary to the president Major General M Aminul Karim, Secretary to the president's office M Sirajul Islam and concerned officials of foreign ministry were present on the occasion.