Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the Philippines to import pharmaceutical products from Bangladesh, particularly for its government hospitals and clinics, at competitive prices.
The Prime Minister made the request when outgoing Ambassador of the Philippines to Bangladesh Bahnarim Abu Guinomla made a farewell call on her at her office in the morning.
After the meeting, PM’s press secretary Abul Kalam Azad briefed reporters.
The Prime Minister said the import of Bangladeshi pharmaceutical products to the Philippines would bring down the prices of medicines in the Filipino market as this initiative will significantly help the locals avail themselves of better health care services.
Hasina stressed holding regular meetings of the Joint Trade Commission between Bangladesh and the Philippines to ensure enhanced bilateral trade in a win-win manner for both the friendly countries.
Underscoring the importance of private sector collaboration between the two sides, she said such collaborations can play a significant role in augmenting the bilateral trade between the two countries.
In this regard, she suggested more frequent exchange of visits of business leaders to strengthen the trade relations in terms of volume of trade in the coming days.
The Prime Minister also emphasised implementation of bilateral agreements and MoUs signed between Bangladesh and the Philippines as of 2012 for the mutual benefits of the two nations.
She also expressed the hope that the existing bilateral relations between the two countries would be further strengthened in the days to come.
Ambassador at-Large M Ziauddin, PM’s Principal Secretary Shaikh Md Wahid uz Zaman, PMO Secretary Molla Waheeduzzman and Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad were, among others, present at the meeting.