Bangladesh and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding to hold regular consultation for political, economic, cultural, people to people contact, climate change, agriculture, food security and environment protection cooperation.
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen and secretary general of Gulf Cooperation Council Nayem FALAH M Al-Hajraf inked the deal on behalf of their respective side at the sideline of Manama Dialogue in Bahrain, a foreign ministry press release in Dhaka said.
The GCC is a regional, intergovernmental, political, and economic union comprising Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Before signing the MoU, at a meeting with Bangladesh foreign minister, Nayem said that MoU would work as legal framework for cooperation between Bangladesh and GCC through joint action plan, joint working group and technical team, joint business council and forums.
Momen emphasized that Bangladesh and GCC have lot of scopes to work together for skill developing, food security, energy security, climate change, crisis management, peace management, afforestation, IT cooperation and preferential or free trade agreement.
He also briefed the secretary general about socio economic progress of Bangladesh under the able leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.