Foreign minister AKM Abdul Momen has urged Irish buyers to honour their import contracts from ready-made garment (RMG) units of Bangladesh considering the dire consequences of economic fallout due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He made the request during a telephone conversation with Irish deputy prime minister and foreign minister Simon Coveney on Tuesday, said a foreign ministry press release in Dhaka on Wednesday.
During the talk, Momen expressed concern that many foreign buyers were showing irresponsible behaviour by dishonouring their import contracts from Bangladesh amid COVID19 that is adversely affecting 4 million RMG workers, most of whom are women.
The Bangladesh foreign minister also requested the Irish government to ease and facilitate visa procedure for Bangladeshi nationals.
He informed his Irish counterpart about the availability of a huge pool of IT experts in Bangladesh as high as 6,00,000 whose expertise could be used by Ireland.
The Irish foreign minister highly lauded Bangladesh’s extraordinary generosity in hosting 1.1 million persecuted Rohingyas from Myanmar.
In reply, Momen expressed deep concern that there was no progress in repatriation of Rohingyas as till to date Myanmar had not taken a single of its national back.
The Bangladesh minister urged European Union (EU) countries to exert more pressure on Myanmar so that it takes its Rohingyas back.