Vietnamese rice to reach Ctg in 15 days: envoy


PV Desk : Newly-appointed Vietnamese ambassador to Bangladesh Tran Van Khoa today said the first consignment of rice from Vietnam is scheduled to arrive in Chittagong within 15 days as he called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Jatiya Sangsad office here this morning.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the envoy told the premier that his country was exporting the rice under an extended memorandum of understanding (MoU) on rice trade with Bangladesh and the first consignment of Vietnamese rice is scheduled to reach Chittagong in next 15 days”.

The prime minister appreciated the development saying Bangladesh needed to preserve extra grains to meet any possible eventuality.

“We want to preserve extra food to meet any eventuality,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina also praised Vietnam’s socioeconomic development saying the Southeast Asian nation achieved remarkable success after the war.

“Vietnam is an example to us . . . we (also) had to fight for independence like Vietnam,” Sheikh Hasina said and conveyed Dhaka’s keenness to strengthen connectivity and economic cooperation with Vietnam and other Southeast Asian nations.