“A roadmap is underway to develop the infrastructure this year, and it will ensure the safe, orderly and dignified migration of workers to the UAE,” Abu Zafar said. Gulf News. He was speaking on the sidelines of Bangladesh’s 51st Independence Day celebrations, which were marked today by Bangladeshi expats across the UAE.
Bangladesh declared independence from Pakistan on March 26, 1971, which led to a nine-month struggle until December 16. Independence Day is now a national holiday in Bangladesh, and observed by Bangladeshi expatriates around the world.
At the Bangladesh Embassy, Abu Zafar hoisted the national flag in the presence of community members.
Nearly one million Bangladeshi expatriates currently live and work in the UAE, making the UAE the second largest number of Bangladeshi expatriates after Saudi Arabia. The annual trade value between Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates stands at $1.5 billion (5.51 billion dirhams), with both countries seeking new opportunities for trade and collaboration.
“A joint business council has been established between the two federal chambers of commerce, which will promote the inflow of investment to Bangladesh and trade to the UAE. In addition, a legal instrument has also been signed to promote cooperation in higher education and strategic research, which will pave the way for aspiring Bangladeshi diplomats to pursue higher education at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy,” the Ambassador said.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited the United Arab Emirates earlier this month and addressed the community virtually. She also announced some upcoming developments, including the laying of the foundation stone for a new building for the Bangladeshi Community School in Ras Al Khaimah.
“The new building will be named after our founding father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. There are also plans to develop a new building for the Bangladeshi Program School in Abu Dhabi, which needs new infrastructure to accommodate more students,” Abu Zafar said.
The diplomat also expressed his delight at the rapid pace of development in Bangladesh. Last year, the United Nations identified Bangladesh as one of three countries to graduate from the least developed country category by 2026.
“Bangladesh is well on its way to realizing Sheikh Mujib’s dream of making the nation a prosperous, high-income country by its 70th birthday in 2041. All our policies are aimed at achieving this goal,” Abu Zafar said.