President urges Slovakia to recruit skilled, semi-skilled manpower from Bangladesh

President Zillur Rahman today urged the Slovak Republic to recruit skilled and semi-skilled Bangladeshi manpower, which could contribute to the socio-economic developments of both the countries.

The President made the appeal while newly appointed Delhi based Ambassador of Slovak Republic to Bangladesh Marian Tomasik presented his credentials to him at Bangabhaban here.

During the meeting, the President said the Slovak entrepreneurs could invest in Bangladesh taking advantage of various incentives, including exemption of tax and duties provided by the present government, to increase foreign direct investment (FDI).

Referring to a very paltry trading between the two countries, the President said the Slovak businessmen can import world slandered garments, jute, leather and leather products, ceramics and pharmaceuticals from here at competitive prices for increasing the trade relations.

Zillur Rahman also observed that exchange of visits of trade delegations between the two countries would open areas of cooperation in the field of trade and commerce.

The new envoy apprised the President that his government is keen to increase trade relations with Bangladesh. The draft of a trade agreement between the two countries is being prepared and the pact would be signed soon to boost trading, he added.

"I will hold meetings with foreign, commerce and industries ministers as well as with different business chambers for increasing commerce and trade relations between the two countries," he said.

The Ambassador also said the Slovak government is considering opening its mission in Dhaka to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Secretary of the President's Office Safiul Alam, Military Secretary to the President Maj Gen Abul Kalam M Humayun Kabir and Press Secretary to the President A K M Nesar Uddin Bhuiyan were present on the occasion.

Earlier, the ambassador was given a guard of honor by a contingent of the President's Guard Regiment.