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45 years of BD-Korea friendship celebrated

45 years of BD-Korea friendship celebrated

“KBAA AGM 2018” held on Nov.1, 2018. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor was the chief guest of the function.

Dhaka, Nov 2 : Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and KOICA Bangladesh Alumni Association (KBAA) have celebrated 45 years of friendship between Bangladesh and South Korea.

At the annual event of the year “KBAA AGM 2018” held at a city hotel on Thursday night, knowledge and experience acquired in Korea were shared.

Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor attended the function as the chief guest.

He appreciated KOICA’s contribution to various sectors of Bangladesh, particularly for advancing its rich culture and heritage.

Nazrul Islam, Secretary, Ministry of Road, Transport and Bridges, and Zahidul Haque, Additional Secretary (Asia Wing Chief), Economic Relations Division, who attended the programme as special guests, appreciated the invitational fellowship programmes conducted by KOICA.

They said Bangladesh is looking towards to Korea for its greater role in economic growth in Bangladesh, primarily through Korean investments and economic cooperation.

Monzur Hossain, Chairman, Rupali Bank Ltd, who is also the President of the KBAA, encouraged all to strengthen relationship between Korea and Bangladesh.

He underlined that the KOICA alumni members strengthen and continue to develop a robust bridge between Korea and Bangladesh.

Joe Hyun-Gue, Country Director of KOICA Bangladesh Office, warmly welcomed all the government officials and highlighted how KBAA has achieved the remarkable operational success since its establishment.

He mentioned that this year, Korea and Bangladesh are celebrating 45th anniversary of friendship and how KOICA aspires to work towards stronger relationship between the two countries.

The special attraction of the event was a colourful Bangladeshi cultural dance performance by Sharkari Shishu Paribar.

Six representatives from KOICA Alumni Bhutan (KAB) also attended the annual event.

The newly elected executive committee members of KBAA are as follows: Md. Nazrul Islam, Secretary of Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges, (Vice President); Md Mustafizur Rahman, Additional Secretary of a2i, ICT Division, (General Secretary); Dr Muzharul Mannan, Consultant Neurologist and Training Coordinator of BSMMU, (Office and Organising Secretary); Syed Nasir Ershad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance, (Treasurer); Md Forhad Siddique, Deputy Chief of Planning Commission, (Joint Secretary); and Jharna Jahin, Deputy Superintendent, Ministry of Social Welfare, (Cultural and Social Affairs Secretary) .