Bangladesh’s apex business body in Riyadh for trade, energy, infrastructure talks

Bangladesh’s apex business body in Riyadh for trade, energy, infrastructure talks
A Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry delegation meets Abdulrahman Al-Harbi, governor of the General Authority for Foreign Trade in Riyadh, Nov. 1, 2023. (FBCCI)
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Updated 02 November 2023
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Bangladesh’s apex business body in Riyadh for trade, energy, infrastructure talks

Bangladesh’s apex business body in Riyadh for trade, energy, infrastructure talks
  • Saudi-Bangladesh Business Council holds first meetings in Riyadh
  • Cooperation on the rise since Kingdom’s commerce minister’s Dhaka visit in March

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s apex business body representatives will focus on trade, energy and infrastructure during talks with their Saudi Arabia counterparts starting on Thursday in Riyadh, according to the organization’s head.

Twenty-one members of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, including FBCCI president Mahbubul Alam.

Opportunities for cooperation have been on the rise since March, when a delegation led by Saudi Arabia’s Commerce Minister Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi visited Dhaka.

With several investment agreements signed during the visit, Saudi Arabia entered Bangladesh’s energy, seaport and agriculture industries, while the two nations’ chambers of commerce established the Saudi-Bangladesh Business Council.

“Our visit to the Kingdom is the continuation of that spirit to enhance bilateral trade and investment,” Alam told Arab News.

“Our main focus is to bring bilateral trade and investment to the next level. We have selected a number of areas to increase trade and investment cooperation, which includes energy, petrochemical, banking, infrastructure, and training for skill development.”

The first meetings of the council begin in Riyadh on Thursday and will be followed by talks with various Saudi Arabia business stakeholders and authorities.

“Meetings are scheduled with the president of the Saudi Business Council and the governor of Riyadh,” Alam said, adding that the Bangladeshi government has prepared special incentives for investors from the Kingdom.

“For Saudi investors, the government has allotted 300 acres of land in the economic zone. One of our main discussions will be bringing Saudi investors into that economic zone,” he said.

“We want Saudi investment in Bangladesh. Saudi Arabia is investing in different countries around the world. In Bangladesh, we are also building 100 economic zones to attract foreign investment.”

The FBCCI’s visit takes place as another delegation of 53 top Bangladeshi business leaders arrived in the Kingdom on Sunday to explore investment and cooperation opportunities.

Led by the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the delegation includes representatives from small and medium enterprises, as well as from some of the country’s largest conglomerates. This includes the United Group and IFAD Group, which are known for construction and healthcare, and automobile and consumer packaged goods, respectively.

The United Group has its eyes on “cutting-edge technologies” used in the Kingdom and hopes that Bangladesh can also adopt some of Saudi Arabia’s smart city technologies.

The delegation includes top players in the garment, logistics and pharmaceuticals sectors, with meetings set for various Saudi Arabia cities, including Makkah and Madinah.


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Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution’s Morality wing completed its investigations into the issue, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday, and after being referred to the relevant court, tried and found guilty, he was jailed and also fined SR150,000 ($39,986).

The Public Prosecution affirmed its keenness and determination to protect public morals, adding that any violation of this requires criminal accountability.


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  • During the meeting, the two officials reviewed cooperation between their countries and ways to enhance and develop it in various fields

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received his Montenegrin counterpart Filip Ivanovic in Riyadh on Thursday.

During the meeting, the two officials reviewed cooperation between their countries and ways to enhance and develop it in various fields.

They also discussed regional and international developments and efforts made in this regard.


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  • A cooperation agreement was signed between SASCA and Taif University

RIYADH: Governor of Taif Prince Saud bin Nahar bin Saud met Princess Haifa bint Abdulmohsen, the director of development and partnerships at the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, at the governorate’s headquarters on Thursday.

The governor was briefed on SASCA’s strategy and initiatives aimed at fostering and empowering talent in the cultural and artistic fields, in line with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The parties were also present at the signing of a cooperation agreement between SASCA in Taif and Taif University.


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During the phone call, the two officials discussed  developments in the region, particularly developments in the Gaza Strip and efforts made in this regard.


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ilmi, PNU launch museum studies program
  • New micro-credential courses open to all high-school graduates, undergraduates
  • Program includes Arabic, English, in-person, remote, long and short-term courses

RIYADH: A new museum studies program in Saudi Arabia has opened for registration, offering micro-credential and long-term courses.

It is the result of a partnership between ilmi, a center for science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and mathematics learning, and Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.

ilmi — meaning “my knowledge” in Arabic — is a science and innovation center that aims to empower young people in Saudi Arabia.

A philanthropic NGO initiative created by Princess Sara bint Mashour bin Abdulaziz, wife of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ilmi is incubated, supported and funded by the Mohammed bin Salman Foundation, Misk, as a subsidiary, and operates in partnership with Mohammed bin Salman Nonprofit City.

The museum studies program includes micro-credential, diploma, minor and elective courses.

It is open to recent high-school graduates and university undergraduates keen to secure entry-level positions in museums, as well as professionals seeking new skill sets and career paths.

Created by ilmi and PNU experts from Saudi Arabia and around the world, the program offers a blend of online and in-person learning, alongside Arabic and English tuition options.

Micro-credential courses will blend online and in-person learning, and are available to applicants over the age of 18.

Courses include museum impact studies, museum education and awareness, an introduction to museum technologies, fundamentals of museum management and integrating digital technology.

Courses on offer for PNU students include an introduction to museums elective and specialist minors in museums and digital technology, exhibit design and content development.

A two-year diploma in museum management will also be available for both PNU students and recent high-school graduates.

Registration has opened for the first online micro-credential course starting this month: Fundamentals of museum management.

All further micro-credential courses will take place in May and June, with the diploma, minor and elective programs starting in September at the beginning of the academic year 2024/25.

Program graduates can also apply to work alongside ilmi experts as they design and launch unique, informal learning programs across the Kingdom.

For more information and registration, click here.