Norway's assistance in improving the standard of Bangladesh's shipbuilding and ship recycling industry will continue, said Sidsel Bleken, outgoing Norwegian ambassador to Bangladesh.
She said this in a virtual farewell meeting with Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun on Wednesday, said a press release.
Additional Secretary to the ministry Begum Parag, among others, was connected online at the time.
During the meeting, steps taken by the Bangladesh government to deal with the novel coronavirus, creation of skilled manpower in shipbuilding and ship recycling industries, strengthening support for environmental-friendly green industrialisation and mutual cooperation in economic development and trade expansion between the two countries were discussed.
The outgoing ambassador praised the initiatives taken by the Bangladesh government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to address the coronavirus situation.
She hoped that by implementing various activities and development plans adopted by the government during and after the Covid-19 period, Bangladesh would be able to overcome the losses quickly and achieve the desired goal of socioeconomic development.
Sidsel Bleken said Norway would continue to support the post coronavirus socioeconomic development journey of Bangladesh.
Referring to Norway as one of the most important development partners of Bangladesh, the industries minister said Norway has been supporting Bangladesh's socioeconomic progress since the latter's independence.
He drew the attention of the ambassador to bring forward the investment of Norwegian entrepreneurs in emerging industries including shipbuilding and ship recycling, readymade garments, marine resources in Bangladesh.
Nurul Majid also said Norway's experience in industrial waste management, especially in medical waste management, would be useful to Bangladesh.
The industries minister thanked the outgoing ambassador for his significant contribution to the socioeconomic development of Bangladesh as a professional diplomat.