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Bangladesh and Belarus stressed the need for deepening economic ties between the two countries and agreed to consider the opportunities of exporting clothing, jute yarn, tobacco, fish and other marine products from Bangladesh.

They agreed to study the opportunities for collaboration in milk production and dairy industry in Bangladesh, including supply of skimmed milk powder to Bangladesh and establishment of advanced dairy farms in Bangladesh by Belarusian specialists, said a joint statement issued yesterday.

The communiqué was issued at the end of the three-day official visit by Belarus Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich to Bangladesh. On Monday, the two countries inked 12 deals on bilateral cooperation.

Bangladesh will consider the practicalities of establishing a joint enterprise (50:50 equity) in Bangladesh for wholesale supply of Belarus-produced equipment and machinery, mentioned the statement.

The two sides agreed to launch a study on the possibility of establishing joint enterprises on pharmaceuticals in Belarus, with the involvement of Bangladeshi entrepreneurs.

The ministries, authorities and enterprises concerned from Bangladesh and Belarus would study the possibility of setting up assembly lines for Belarusian tractors and other agricultural machinery, potato and milk processing plants in Bangladesh.

The two countries consented to boost cooperation in education sector to deepen people to people contact. They decided to mutually encourage and maintain direct links between educational institutions.

Bangladesh welcomed the Belarusian offer to establish a multidisciplinary faculty of the highest quality at a university in Bangladesh for training experts and specialists on various basic, applied and advanced disciplines of science and technology.

Belarus also offered collaboration in agro and industrial manufacturing and science-based initiatives.

The two sides agreed upon encouraging inter-sectoral dialogues, including involvement of the private sector and other non-governmental actors, for the implementation of the objectives and provisions of the legal instruments signed during the visit.

Regarding cooperation in the international arena, the two premiers reaffirmed their faith in the UN charter and confirmed their willingness towards continued cooperation in the UN and other international organisations.

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