Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said sea cruise services can be introduced between Bangladesh and the Maldives during the winter season.
She said this while newly-appointed High Commissioner of the Maldives to Bangladesh Shiruzimath Sameer met her at her official residence Gono Bhaban.
PM's Deputy Press Secretary Hasan Jahid Tusher briefed reporters after the meeting.
At the meeting, the prime minister put emphasis on the need for an exchange of experience and assistance between the two friendly countries in deep sea fisheries.
The High Commissioner said a memorandum of understanding may be signed during the visit of her country's president to Bangladesh on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of independence.
Sheikh Hasina urged the Bangladeshi nationals residing in Maldives to receive Covid-19 vaccine.
Shiruzimath Sameer said her country has already started the vaccination of the labourers as they have been playing a significant role in the socio-economic uplift of the country.
BANGLADESH AS A DESTINATION FOR HIGHER STUDIES
The High Commissioner informed Sheikh Hasina that a number of Male students have been studying medical sciences in Bangladesh.
The prime minister said teachers are getting vaccines first and then the students will get the jabs in Bangladesh.
Noting that her government has established engineering universities and colleges, medical colleges, aviation university and maritime university in Bangladesh, she urged the Maldives students to come to Bangladesh in large numbers for study purposes.
'INVEST IN AGRICULTURE'
Sheikh Hasina urged the businessmen of Maldives to invest in agriculture and agricultural goods, leather and leather goods, ceramic, medicine and information technology sectors alongside fisheries.
Focusing on the success in the agricultural sector, The PM said the agricultural production in Bangladesh has been increasing day by day.
Despite the fact, Bangladesh has to import food as it has to distribute a huge amount of food and face several floods during the Coronavirus pandemic, she added.
The new Male envoy expressed her country's desire to boost trade and commerce with Bangladesh. She also sought investment from Bangladesh in a new city being built on Male Island.
Shiruzimath Sameer lauded the prime minister for her visionary leadership alongside her role and initiatives in facing the coronavirus pandemic.
The issue of Rohingya relocation also came up during the meeting.
Shiruzimath Sameer described the relocation of Rohingyas to Bhashan Char as a good move.
Sheikh Hasina said Rohingyas have been living in Cox's Bazar in a very inhuman condition where forest and environment were also being destroyed severely.
"We've arranged better and modern accommodation for the Rohingyas at Bhashan Char. We'll develop the entire area," she was quoted as saying.