The Institute of BAST Fiber Crops (IBFC) of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) held a video meeting on Jan. 15 with the Embassy of Bangladesh in China and related companies on jute technology cooperation between China and Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi Ambassador to China Mr. Mahbub Uz Zaman and Director Yang Yongkun of IBFC attended the meeting.
Ambassador Zaman affirmed IBFC’s positive contribution to the agricultural S&T cooperation between China and Bangladesh, and expressed his sincere thanks to IBFC for admitting Bangladeshi students and training young scientists and technicians for his country. He stressed the vital importance of agriculture, jute industry in particular, to Bangladesh, and said that he looks forward to accelerating tripartite cooperation. He said he hopes that under this arrangement, cooperation between IBFC and Bangladesh Jute Research Institute will be further deepened, that China CTEXIC Corporation will push forward the industrialization of scientific achievements to help related jute companies in Bangladesh, and that jute industry in Bangladesh will be boosted by relying on the resources and expertise of IBFC.
Director Yang Yongkun said that Bangladesh is at the hub of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor, and close cooperation between China and Bangladesh in the jute industry will hugely boost the development of the region’s agriculture. He said IBFC has always attached great importance to agricultural S&T cooperation with Bangladesh, and has already worked with relevant organizations and agricultural institutes in Bangladesh through the exchange of scientists as well as implementation of International Jute Organization projects, Asian regional cooperation projects and talent introduction projects. By integrating resources and undertaking targeted scientific research, IBFC will help Bangladesh address technical bottlenecks and promote the development of its jute industry.
Ministers Masudur Rahman and Mohammad Nazrul Islam, Counselor A.H.M. Jahangir, Commercial Counselor Mohammad Monsour Uddin, IBFC Deputy Directors Lyu Jiangnan and Zhu Aiguo, and heads of related companies attended the meeting. (Correspondent: Liao Yongfeng)