Prime Minister’s Speech Writer Md Nazrul Islam briefed reporters after the meeting.
During the meeting, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is emphasizing education, skill development and infrastructures, seeking more cooperation for various projects including those.
She extended her thanks to the regional development bank for always standing beside Bangladesh, particularly during the tough times, and for assisting the economic uplift of the country.
Masatsugu Asakawa said ADB as a reliable partner has been working with Bangladesh since 1973.
The ADB chief appreciated the macroeconomic management of Bangladesh in facing the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic and Russia-Ukraine war, and the impressive socio-economic development of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He highly praised Bangladesh for successfully tackling the Covid-19 pandemic by balancing lives and livelihood.
During the meeting, the prime minister called upon Oman to strengthen energy cooperation, enhance trade volume with Bangladesh as well as recruit skilled workforce, and import agricultural goods from it.
She also urged the gulf country to enhance the LNG supply to Bangladesh from the existing 1.5 million tons per year.
Sheikh Hasina said there is a scope to raise trade volume between the two countries. Oman can import agro-products including fish, meat, rice, vegetables and jute-goods (from Bangladesh), she said.
Currently some 5.5 lakh Bangladeshis are working in Oman.
The Oman ambassador requested the prime minister to expedite the process for the refined petroleum product supply from Oman under the government-to-government system.
He said Oman National Oil Company is already sent a request letter to Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation in this regard.
PM’s Ambassador-at-large Mohammad Ziauddin and PM’s Principal Secretary M. Tofazzel Hossain Miah were present at the meeting.