German envoy “unhappy” over BNP misquoting him on democracy & human rights in Bangladesh
German Ambassador to Bangladesh Achim Troster has expressed displeasure over what he says BNP misquoted him on Bangladesh’s democracy and human rights issues after his meeting with the party’s leaders last month. “I read that I had uttered concerns about the human rights situation and democracy in the country. This is not true. I was unhappy about this (misquoting),” he said. The German Ambassador made the remarks while responding to a question at "DCAB Talk" hosted by Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) at Jatiya Press Club. Also read:Quran burnings in Sweden: Freedom of religion must be respected, says Dhaka DCAB President Rezaul Karim Lotus and its General Secretary AKM Moinuddin also spoke. The ambassador said he and his deputy had a meeting with BNP leaders at BNP Chairperson's Gulshan office at the invitation of BNP standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury which was attended by BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
German ambassador visits Walton Hi-Tech Park
Bangladesh has made big strides in the past few years and Walton is a showcase of such progress, said German Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Fahrenholtz after visiting Walton Hi-Tech Park in Gazipur's Chandra Thursday. He also hoped that Walton would become a global market player. "Today, I witnessed that Walton invested good enough in advanced technologies' machinery – mostly from Germany – to produce quality products," the envoy said. Also read: Walton opening branches in 6 countries Earlier, the ambassador and the Deputy Head of Mission Constanza Zahringer visited the refrigerator, compressor, LGP and LDP, motherboard and TV manufacturing units and the product display centre at Walton Hi-Tech Park. On Thursday morning, Walton Hi-Tech Industries Managing Director Engineer Golam Murshed welcomed the German envoy and the deputy head of mission. Also read: Walton to release Snapdragon-equipped gaming smartphone Golam Murshed said, "We have set up our global business expansion plans in Europe, pivoting on Germany. I hope that today's visit of the German ambassador and the deputy head of mission will further strengthen Bangladesh's bilateral trade relations with the country."
German Ambassador, BGMEA President discuss avenues of cooperation
German Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Fahrenholtz and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan discussed trade-related issues on Sunday.They discussed the progress of current projects between BGMEA and German development agency GIZ and also on possible avenues of collaboration between Germany and Bangladesh to facilitate further development of Bangladesh’s apparel industry, especially in the area of sustainability. Also read: BGMEA President discusses trade issues with EU Ambassador Fahrenholtz praised the RMG industry’s strides in sustainability as the country has the highest number of green garment factories in the world.BGMEA President Faruque thanked the Ambassador for Germany’s support for the development of the Bangladesh RMG industry. Also read: Challenges await as Faruque-led new BGMEA board takes chargeConstanza Zahringer, Deputy Head of Mission, the Embassy of Germany was also present during the meeting at BGMEA office.