After presenting the Credential Letter to the President of Bangladesh, officially receiving the mission of Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Ambassador Pham Viet Chien paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of the Government of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina on January 26, 2020, at her Office in the Parliament House.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated the sentiments of the Prime Minister and her family towards Vietnam in the previous struggle to unify the country, especially her father, who was honored by the People of Bangladesh as "The Father People", which this year Bangladesh celebrated his 100th birthday; admired Vietnam in its renewal cause, international integration, national construction, socio-economic development and poverty alleviation. The Prime Minister said that this is a model for Bangladesh to learn and wants Vietnam to share experiences so that Bangladesh can fulfill its development goals, becoming a high-middle-income country by 2030 and developed country by 2041 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the People's Republic of Bangladesh foundation. The Prime Minister also congratulated Vietnam for taking on two important positions at the same time, ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020 and the non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reviewed the achievements of Bangladesh in 2019, especially sustained high growth rates in recent years; GDP increased by 8.15% in 2019; poverty rate plummeted. The Prime Minister also affirmed the need to further strengthen the connection between the two economies, better exploiting strengths and potentials in bilateral relations, markets as well as the important role and geographical position of the two countries in two major economic regions of Asia, South Asia and ASEAN. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina affirmed that she would direct agencies to coordinate with the Ambassador and Embassy of Vietnam to promote the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation between the two countries.
The Ambassador thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her deep affection for Vietnam, conveyed the greetings of the Party and State Leaders to the Prime Minister and reiterated the invitation of Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to pay an official visit. The Ambassador reported to the Prime Minister on developments in the relations between the two countries in recent years, Vietnam's socio-economic development achievements in 2019 and strategy in further strengthening the traditional friendship relations between the two countries, especially economic cooperation. The Ambassador suggested that the Bangladesh Prime Minister pay attention to and enhance the exchanges of delegations at all levels, especially high-level delegations of the Party, State, Government, Parliament; deepen cooperation in the fields, strengthen people-to-people connectivity in accordance with requirements and development orientations of the two countries in the new period.