Continue RMG imports from Bangladesh through a ‘Covid-19 fund’: Shahriar Alam to UK

19 May 2020 9:12 AM
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has suggested that the UK take the initiative of fabricating a Covid-19 fund which can be utilised to bail out the UK brands/retailers so that they are able to continue with their imports from Bangladesh.

Alam said, the fund can even be used to help personnel sustain their families.

The state minister discussed the issue throughout a telephone conversation with Lord Tariq Ahmad, UK Minister (State Minister) for South Asia and Commonwealth at the united kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Monday.

Lord Ahmad agreed that action should be used this regard.

Through the discussion, Alam raised the problem of confirmed orders of RMG exports from Bangladesh being cancelled by UK brands and retailers.

He highlighted that orders amounting to around 300 million dollars have already been cancelled or postponed by UK buyers, putting the livelihoods of a million personnel in Bangladesh in danger.

During the meeting, both ministers discussed the existing situation of the pandemic, and the way forward.

THE UNITED KINGDOM minister appreciated the steps taken by the federal government of Bangladesh led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in containing the spread of coronavirus. Lord Ahmad and State Minister Shahriar Alam agreed to work together to look for a solution for the global crisis.

The ministers also discussed the way the Commonwealth can play an important role globally in the post Covid-19 world.


Both ministers also discussed the problem of the Rohingya crisis.

Lord Ahmad appreciated the humanitarian gesture by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in providing shelter to the 1.1 million Rohingyas who've been persecuted in their own country by their own state machinery.

THE UNITED KINGDOM minister highlighted that as the penholder upon this issue in the UN Security Council, the UK has remained engaged on making certain the accountability for the atrocities committed against Rohingyas is established, and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

In this regard, he informed about the UN Security Council meeting held the other day.

THE UNITED KINGDOM also reiterated its commitment to your choice of the International Court of Justice regarding genocide and the crimes against humanity committed against the Rohingyas in Myanmar.

The two ministers decided to continue their fruitful dialogue in near future.