Newly appointed Ambassador Hiroyasu Izumi presented his credentials to His Excellency Md. Abdul Hamid, Honourable President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, in Dhaka today.
Ambassador Izumi joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1981 and most recently served as Director General, Foreign Service Training Institute. Prior to that assignment, he was Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan in the United States of America.
On his assumption of the Ambassadorship, Mr. Izumi issued the following message:
“It is a great pleasure and a badge of honour for me to assume the ambassadorship in Bangladesh.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Bangladesh. Japan recognized Bangladesh right after its independence, and has since then nurtured bilateral friendship as the largest development partner in cooperation with public and private sectors. In 2014, historical mutual visits of the two countries’ Prime Ministers established “Japan-Bangladesh Comprehensive Partnership” on the ground of historical ties. Moreover, the attendance of the Outreach Meeting of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit by H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Hon’ble Prime Minister last year has made its relationship more enhanced. I will make an all-out effort to strengthen and develop the time-tested bilateral relations even further.
When we spread a world map, Bangladesh is located at the center of triangle formed by three growing markets, India, South-East Asian countries, and China, and has achieved about 7% economic growth steadily under the political stability in recent years. In addition to this geographical advantage and cultural diversity, a large young population endows Bangladesh with good and abundant labour. Bangladesh is a country of tremendous potential for development with its young and vibrant population. Furthermore, the two Prime Ministers’ mutual visits have added impetus to the expansion of bilateral economic activities including trade and investment. To further strengthen this momentum, I intend to work actively with the Government of Bangladesh as well as the country’s private sector with a view to further improving investment environment and ensuring the security.
Since the end of August, 2017, unprecedented number of Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar. I visited the Rohingyas camp near the border, and people there are in a difficult situation and they need the international humanitarian assistance immediately. The government of Japan appreciates Bangladesh’s efforts to provide humanitarian relief to Rohingyas and extends its full support in cooperation with the international society.
I express my deepest condolences and profound grief to the victims and their families including 8 Japanese nationals killed in the terror attacks in July last year and October the year before and in other terror attacks. We will pay utmost attention to safety measures in cooperation with the Government of Bangladesh.
Lastly, I would like to reiterate my sincere desire to further develop the cordial relations in a wide range of areas including development cooperation, trade and investment, and cultural and people exchange. I look forward to the support and cooperation of all of you to enhance the friendship between Bangladesh and Japan.”
October 17, 2017