New U.S. Ambassador Visits Rohingya Refugees and Bangladesh Host Communities in Cox’s Bazar

New U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller visited several Rohingya refugee camps and Bangladesh host communities during a December 4-6 trip to Cox’s Bazar.  On his inaugural visit, he went to Konarpara to see the internally displaced Rohingya sheltering in no-man’s land, where a tall border fence has been built just behind them.  He ...
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U.S. Embassy Dhaka will be Closed on December 05 in Observance of National Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush

The U.S. Embassy Dhaka, including the Consular Section, and the American Center, together with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library, and the EducationUSA Student Advising Center, will be closed on Wednesday, December 05, in observance of National Day of Mourning for the loss of President George H. W. Bush, forty-first President of the United ...
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Application is Open for SUSI Scholars Program 2019 !

The U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Summer 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes for multinational groups of experienced university faculty, scholars, and other related professionals.  The deadline for applications is Sunday, January 6, 2019.  A description of each Institute is given below.  For the application form and further details, please visit the ...
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New Ambassador-Designate Earl R. Miller Arrives in Bangladesh

New U.S. Ambassador-designate Earl R. Miller arrives in Dhaka on Sunday, November 18.  Before his nomination as the U.S. Ambassador-designate to Bangladesh, Miller served as Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana from 2014 to 2018.  Ambassador Miller, a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, joined the Department of State in 1987. He served ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Richard Albright Visit to Bangladesh

Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Richard Albright visited Bangladesh from November 10 to 15.  DAS Albright visited Rohingya refugee camps and host communities in Cox’s Bazar from November 11 to 13 to assess conditions and speak directly with Bangladeshis and refugees, including some who had just recently arrived from Myanmar.  ...
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Bangladeshi Students Studying in The United States

The number of students from Bangladesh in the United States increased by 4.9 percent, to 7,496 during the last school year, beating the international average increase of 1.5 percent according to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Bangladesh now ranks 24th in the world for countries sending students to the United States ...
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Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) For Secondary School Educators Program FY 2019 is Open Now!

The American Center at U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators program, which will take place in summer 2019.  The SUSI program is a five week exchange program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.
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Application for The Community College Initiative Program is Open Now!

The American Center at the U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program for academic year 2019-20.  The CCI Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). This in a non-degree program but students will earn credits for two semesters upon completion ...
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U.S.- Bangladesh Navy Commence CARAT Exercise

The U.S. and Bangladesh Navy kicked off the 24th iteration of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Nov. 4. Sailors and Marines across five ships including a guided missile frigate and patrol craft from the Bangladesh Navy, and a maritime patrol aircraft and dry cargo ship USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams ...
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Application Open for Global UGRAD Exchange Program -2019

Global UGRAD is an intensive academic program with a purpose to provide undergraduate student leaders with in-depth exposure to U.S. society, culture, and academic institutions by engaging in substantive academic exchanges at colleges and universities across America. This program will provide full scholarships to outstanding students from countries – including Bangladesh – for one semester ...
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U.S. Embassy Dhaka Releases Music Video to Celebrate Six Million Facebook Fans

The U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh is celebrating six million Facebook fans with a new music video Maatbo Amra Uthshobe featuring the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat and a number of renowned Bangladeshi celebrities, including Jaya Ahsan, Chanchal Chowdhury, Rafiath Rashid Mithila, and Siam Ahmed.  The video features an original song by famous Bangladeshi ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels to Bangladesh and India

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel October 19-26 to Bangladesh and India to participate in a series of meetings with U.S. diplomats and foreign government authorities. While on this trip, Assistant Secretary Risch will engage in bilateral discussions with Indian counterparts on issues relevant to international parental child abduction and ...
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Wells Travels to Bangladesh

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells will travel to Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, October 20-23.  In Dhaka, she will meet with senior officials from the Government of Bangladesh to discuss strengthening the U.S.-Bangladesh partnership and our collaboration on building a prosperous, secure, and interconnected Indo-Pacific ...
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Application for Community Solutions Program is Open Now!

The Community Solutions Program (CSP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and implemented by IREX, provides the best and brightest community leaders, ages 25 to 38, from around the world with an intensive, professional development exchange program that includes a substantive hands-on learning experience in the United ...
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U.S. Provides $156 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance to Support the Rohingya Crisis Response in Bangladesh

During October, 2018 United Nations ministerial-level meeting on Burma, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced more than $185 million in additional humanitarian assistance for those in Burma and Bangladesh who have been affected by the Rohingya crisis.  This additional funding brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to the Rohingya crisis to nearly ...
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U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat’s Statement on Digital Security Act in Bangladesh  

The United States shares the concerns of the international community that the recently passed Digital Security Act (DSA) could be used to suppress and criminalize free speech, all to the detriment of Bangladesh’s democracy, development and prosperity.  We welcome Information Minister Inu's offer to meet with media representatives to discuss their concerns about the DSA.  ...
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Documentation of Atrocities in Northern Rakhine State

The Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), with funding support from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL), conducted a survey in spring 2018 of the firsthand experiences of 1,024 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh. The goal of the survey was to document atrocities committed against residents in Burma’s northern Rakhine ...
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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Visits Khulna-Jashore

USAID/Bangladesh  Mission Director Derrick Brown visited USAID development programs in the Jashore-Khulna region from September 18-20, including visits to key agriculture, labor and food assistance programs. The site visits were undertaken in collaboration with WordFish, WFP, Winrock International and World Vision Bangladesh among other implementing partners.
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Remarks by Ambassador Marcia Bernicat at Usaid-Ukaid National Launch of Shantite Bijoy Peaceful Election Campaign

Honorable guests; respected leaders from the Awami League, Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jatiya Party; colleagues from the development partner and diplomatic community; members of media; ladies and gentlemen – Assalam-u-Alaikum, Shubho Shokal! On behalf of the United States Government, I’m delighted to be here today, two days after commemorating the International Day of Democracy (e.g., ...
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U.S. Embassy Dhaka Closed on September 02-03 to Observe U.S. Labor Day and Jonmashtomi

The American Embassy, including the Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library and the EducationUSA Student Advising Center, will be closed on Sunday and Monday, September 02-03, 2018 on the occasion of U.S. Labor Day, an American holiday, and Jonmashtomi, a Bangladeshi national holiday, respectively.
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2019 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program Announcement

The American Center, U.S. Embassy, Dhaka is pleased to announce the 2019 Fulbright Visiting Scholar awards.  These awards are primarily six-to-nine month research grants, beginning in September 2019.   One-to-two semester lecturing grants are also available.  Lengths of grants may be adjusted based on the availability of funding.  Fulbright Visiting Scholar awards are offered to experienced ...
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“American Ally in Development” Op-Ed by Derrick Brown USAID Mission Director, Bangladesh.

After spending 28 years working across the world in developing countries, I recently arrived in Dhaka as the new Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission. Even in these first two short weeks I can already feel the vibrancy of the city of Dhaka and the friendliness and warmth of the Bangladeshi ...
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EducationUSA Pre Departure Orientation Fall 2018

EducationUSA at the American Center and Ambassador Marcia Bernicat organized a Pre-Departure Orientation for Bangladeshi students going to the U.S. this Fall for higher studies!  Great facts: Bangladesh became a top-25 sending country for international students studying in the United State. Bangladesh now ranks ninth in the world for the number of students studying at the graduate level ...
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Third Cotton Day held in Dhaka

COTTON USA held a Seminar and a dazzling Fashion Show in Dhaka to celebrate the third Cotton Day in Bangladesh. Cotton Council International (CCI) introduced in 2016 the observance of Cotton Day to celebrate US Cotton as well as Bangladesh being the largest manufacturer and exporter of cotton apparel products. Over one hundred spinning mills, ...
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Ambassador Bernicat Inaugurated The Tony Roma’s Restaurant in Gulshan

Ambassador Bernicat inaugurated the first Bangladesh branch of the U.S. based steak and ribs chain restaurant Tony Roma's in Gulshan, Dhaka. With Bangladesh’s economy growing, American companies will keep on continuing to be its partners – mentioned Ambassador Bernicat. The restaurant was introduced in the country by Food Chain Asia Ltd.
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Remarks for the U.S. Independence Day Program BY US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat

Welcome to the U.S. Embassy and happy early 4th of July!  Tomorrow, Americans all over the world will celebrate this holiday with family and friends.  As many of you know, this is my last Independence Day celebration as the U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh.  I could not be more grateful to have all of you here ...
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Secretary of State Pompeo Delivers Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

SECRETARY POMPEO: Welcome, everyone to the State Department. We are incredibly proud to be hosting this event today. I want to thank Ivanka Trump for joining us at this event for the second year in a row now. Your personal engagement with this issue matters an awful lot. It illustrates the administration’s complete commitment to and ...
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Remarks As Delivered By U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat at “DCAB TALK”

We will continue to support Bangladesh as it tackles the new Sustainable Development Goals recently adopted at the UN General Assembly Meeting in New York.  Our development partnership predates Bangladeshis independence in 1971 and has been exceptionally fruitful, producing tangible results that both the United States and Bangladesh can point to with pride.
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U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert Expressed Concern Regarding Bangladesh’s Counter-Narcotics Campaign

We are concerned by reports that at least 147 people have been killed and 21,000 arrested since early May by Bangladeshi security forces in a nationwide counter-narcotics campaign.  We urge Bangladesh to conduct thorough and transparent investigations into all credible reports of extrajudicial killings.
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U.S. Department of State Releases The 2017 International Religious Freedom Report

On May 29, 2018 the U.S. Department of State released the 2017 International Religious Freedom Annual Report.  In his remarks on the release of the report, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called religious freedom “a right belonging to every individual on the globe” and said the U.S. “stands with those who yearn for religious liberty.”
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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

 Location: Chittagong district; possible heavy rains country-wide. Event: There is a cyclone system developing in the Bay of Bengal.  The storm is currently expected to make landfall in the late evening hours of May 29 or early morning hours of May 30.  Expect heavy rains and strong winds with possible flooding, landslides, power outages, and ...
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REMARKS BY U.S. AMBASSADOR MARCIA BERNICAT AT PRESS CONFERENCE ON BGMEA-BUFT JOURNALISM STUDY TOUR THROUGH THE IVLP

Embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section Tel: 880-2-55662000 Fax: 880-2-9881677, 9885688 E-mail: DhakaPA@state.gov Website:  https://bd.usembassy.gov   REMARKS BY U.S. AMBASSADOR MARCIA BERNICAT AT PRESS CONFERENCE ON BGMEA-BUFT JOURNALISM STUDY TOUR THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL VISITOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (IVLP) BGMEA Headquarters, Dhaka. May 28, 2018     Mr. Md. Siddiqur Rahman, BGMEA President; Mr. ...
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Presidential Message on Ramadan

Embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section Tel: 880-2-55662000 Fax: 880-2-9881677, 9885688 E-mail: DhakaPA@state.gov Website: https://bd.usembassy.gov   Presidential Message on Ramadan   With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. During the holy month ...
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U.S. MISSION IN BANGLADESH CLOSED ON MAY 27 ON THE OCCASION OF MEMORIAL DAY

Embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section Tel: 880-2-55662000 Fax: 880-2-9881677, 9885688 E-mail: DhakaPA@state.gov Website:  https://bd.usembassy.gov     U.S. MISSION IN BANGLADESH CLOSED ON MAY 27 ON THE OCCASION OF MEMORIAL DAY   DHAKA, MAY 24 — The U.S. Embassy Dhaka, including the Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K. ...
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U.S. PROVIDES $44 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR ROHINGYA

Embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section Tel: 880-2-55662000 Fax: 880-2-9881677, 9885688 E-mail: DhakaPA@state.gov Website:  https://bd.usembassy.gov   U.S. PROVIDES $44 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR ROHINGYA   DHAKA, MAY 15, 2018— The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),  is providing an additional $44 million in humanitarian assistance to ...
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The United States Announces Humanitarian Assistance for Rohingya and Other Vulnerable People in Burma and Bangladesh

The United States announces more than $44 million in additional humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and people affected by violence and conflict in Burma. This brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for displaced people in and from Burma to more than $299 million.
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STATEMENT BY SPOKESPERSON CLAYTON M. MCCLESKEY ON THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE MURDER OF XULHAZ MANNAN

USAID employee Xulhaz Mannan was brutally murdered for his advocacy for human rights in Bangladesh.  On the second anniversary of this tragedy, we reflect on Xulhaz's courage and conviction as a champion for human rights, non-discrimination, and inclusion.  We also renew our call for the authorities in Bangladesh to bring to justice the perpetrators of ...
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U.S. PROVIDES ADDITIONAL $50 MILLION IN RESPONSE TO THE ROHINGYA REFUGEE CRISIS IN BANGLADESH

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is providing an additional $50 million in humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees and the local communities in Bangladesh that are hosting them.  This brings the U.S. contribution to the crisis response in Burma and Bangladesh to more than $163 million since August 25, ...
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Statement from the President and First Lady Melania Trump on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush. As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that ...
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Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback’s Travel to Turkey and Bangladesh

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback will travel to Turkey and Bangladesh April 13-20 to discuss religious freedom with government officials, civil society representatives, and a range of leaders representing both majority and minority religious communities. His travel will include a visit to the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
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Remarks by Acting Under Secretary Nauert at Bangladesh’s National Day Reception, Embassy of Bangladesh, Washington, D.C.

Good evening, it is my pleasure and honor to be here celebrating Bangladesh’s national Independence Day. Thank you for your very kind introduction Ambassador Ziauddin. It is wonderful to see you again.  Your many years of service to your nation are a credit to you and the skill of the diplomats of the Bangladesh Foreign ...
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United States Donates Nearly One Million Health Products to Rohingya Relief Efforts

In response to a request from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided 622,800 doses of injectable contraceptives to the Government of Bangladesh on March 25, bringing the total contribution from the United States to nearly one million doses valued at $901,232. This latest contribution of ...
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MESSAGE FROM U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO PRESIDENT ABDUL HAMID AND PRIME MINISTER SHEIKH HASINA ON THE OCCASION OF INDEPENDENCE DAY

On the great occasion of Bangladesh’s Independence Day on March 26, the American people and I join you in celebrating the heritage and history of your country. Today we recognize Bangladesh’s rich culture and language and reaffirm our partnership on democracy, development, counterterrorism, trade, and investment. Our close cooperation helps sustain the security and prosperity ...
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AMB BERNICAT’S CLOSING REMARKS AT THE MULTINATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS INTEROPERABILITY PROGRAM (MCIP) PLANNING STAFF WORKSHOP (PSW-1)

Thank you for inviting me here today and many thanks to the Bangladesh Armed Forces for hosting this event.  Through its years of participation Bangladesh has been a strong supporter of the MCIP Program.  This week marked the third occasion the Bangladesh Armed Forces have hosted an MCIP event.  This further solidifies your reputation as ...
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Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. We will continue to implement measures to strengthen the economic empowerment of women and girls ...
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U.S. Department of State Hosts World Wildlife Day Event to Highlight Threats to Big Cats

In honor of World Wildlife Day, the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) hosted a “Big Cats and their Habitats” roundtable discussion on March 1 at the U.S. Department of State. Participants included diplomats from nations where big cats are found in the Americas, Africa, and Asia; U.S. government officials; ...
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U.S. PROVIDES DNA DATABASE TRAINING, DELIVERS DNA INDEX SOFTWARE TO BANGLADESH POLICE TO ENHANCE IDENTIFICATION CAPABILITY

On Thursday, the U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat attended the “Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) DNA Database Training” graduation ceremony for 21 Dhaka Metropolitan Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers. At this event, the Ambassador formally handed over the CODIS software to the Bangladesh National Police to enhance identification capability at their DNA laboratory.
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American International University Bangladesh Convocation 2018

What an honor it is to be with all of you at the 18th Convocation of American International University Bangladesh to celebrate the accomplishments of today’s graduates and to commend the dedication and commitment of AIUB’s esteemed faculty, staff, administration, and, of course, the parents, guardians and family members who worked endlessly; who put in ...
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American Center Pop-Up

I am excited to be at NSU today to launch our first American Center Pop-Up of 2018!  Thank you all for welcoming Deputy Assistant Secretary Rosenblum, my staff, and me to your campus. We chose to come to NSU because we know all of you, like so many American university students and faculty, value life-long ...
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REMARKS BY DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE DAN ROSENBLUM ON “THE UNITED STATES AND THE INDO-PACIFIC REGION”

Thank you Major General Rahman for that introduction and thank you to the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies for hosting this event today.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to talk about the U.S. vision for a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region, and to do so here in Dhaka is a great honor.  Our ...
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UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES $18 MILLION IN HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO WORLD FOOD PROGRAM TO FIGHT FOOD INSECURITY AMONG ROHINGYA REFUGEES

Today, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, announced $18.4 million to the UN World Food Program to provide emergency food assistance to Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh. This latest contribution, combined with earlier contributions, brings the total amount awarded to the World Food Program specifically for work with refugees ...
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USAID ANNOUNCES $7.5 MILLION AWARD TO UNICEF TO FIGHT MALNUTRITION AMONG ROHINGYA REFUGEES

Embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section Tel: 880-2-55662000 Fax: 880-2-9881677, 9885688 E-mail: DhakaPA@state.gov Website: https://bd.usembassy.gov   USAID ANNOUNCES $7.5 MILLION AWARD TO UNICEF TO FIGHT MALNUTRITION AMONG ROHINGYA REFUGEES   Dhaka, December 11, 2017 – On December 6, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded $7.5 million to the United ...
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U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat’s Remarks at the American Alumni Association (AAA) Awards Dinner

Embassy of the United States of America  Public Affairs Section  Tel: 880-2-5566-2000  Fax: 880-2-9881677, 9885688  E-mail:  DhakaPA@state.gov   Website:  https://bd.usembassy.gov U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat’s Remarks at the American Alumni Association (AAA) Awards Dinner Dhaka, November 24, 2017 Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Adviser to the Prime Minister on International Affairs; Mr. Md. Shahriar Alam, M.P., State Minister for Foreign ...
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International Human Rights Day

International Human Rights Day Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 10, 2017 Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and ...
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Celebrating the Five-Year Anniversary of the EMK Center

Friday evening, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Center for Public Service and the Arts (EMK Center). Joining the Ambassador were supporters and partners from academia, arts, business, civil society, the diplomatic community, and alumni of U.S. Department of State exchange programs.
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Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (K-L YES) Program 2018-19

The American Center at the U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (K-L YES) Program for academic year 2018-19. The K-L YES program is a high school exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is administered in Bangladesh by ...
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2018 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program Announcement

The American Center, U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the 2018 Fulbright Visiting Scholar awards. These awards are primarily six-to-nine month research grants, beginning in September 2018. One-to-two semester lecturing grants are also available. Lengths of grants may be adjusted based on the availability of funding.
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Press Statement from US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on Bangladesh Hosting of Rohingya

We are very concerned by the United Nations announcement on September 8 that an estimated 270,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 following allegations of serious human rights abuses in Burma’s Rakhine State, including violent attacks and mass burnings of villages. We continue to coordinate closely with our partners, including the UN High ...
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Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells Visited Dhaka

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice G. Wells just completed a two-day visit in Bangladesh, August 29-30. While in Dhaka, Ambassador Wells met with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on August 29 at the Padma Guest House and Prime Minister Sheikh ...
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US Embassy Dhaka Closed on August 31- September 3 to Celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and US Labor Day

The American Embassy, including the Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library and the EducationUSA Student Advising Center, will be closed from August 31 to September 03 (Thursday through Sunday) on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, a Bangladeshi national holiday, and US Labor Day, an American holiday.
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Chargé d’Affairs Joel Reifman Greets Bangladeshi Students who Participated in Global Robotic and Social Media Competitions

Last evening during a reception event at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence, Chargé d’Affairs Joel Reifman congratulated Bangladeshi STEM students who recently participated in a number of robotic and social media competitions. The reception was organized by the American Center to honor participants including Bangladeshi Mars Rover teams from six different universities, the Robot Olympiad’s high ...
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Ambassador Bernicat visits the Kashimpur Prison

On July 27, 2017, Ambassador Bernicat became the first Ambassador to visit a prison in Bangladesh, as she spent most of the day at Kashimpur Prison. At the invitation of Brigadier General Syed Iftekhar Uddin, the Inspector General of Prisons, Ambassador Bernicat was able to take a two hour tour of the prison’s facilities, speak ...
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Bangladesh Increases its Capacity to Train UN Peacekeepers

U.S. Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., the Commander of United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) attended the dedication ceremony for the new multi-purpose training facility as part of the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT) in Gazipur and in support of the U.S. State Department’s Global Peace Operations Initiative or GPOI program. U.S. Ambassador ...
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Commander of U.S. Pacific Command visits Bangladesh

U.S. Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., the Commander of United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), arrived in Dhaka on July 08. While in Bangladesh, Adm. Harris met with senior government and military officials to discuss a range of regional topics and attend the dedication of the new multipurpose training facility at the Bangladesh Institute for Peace ...
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USTR Press Release on 3rd Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement Council Meeting

The United States-Bangladesh Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (TICFA) Council held its third meeting on May 17, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh to promote expanded bilateral trade and investment in goods and services. The meeting was co-chaired by Shubhashish Bose, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Bangladesh and Mark Linscott, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative.
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Chargé d’Affaires Andrea Brouillette-Rodriguez attends the exhibition “Threads of Change”

On Monday, April 24, 2017, Chargé d’Affaires Andrea Brouillette-Rodriguez attended the exhibition "Threads of Change: Celebrating the Lives of Garment Workers" in the Bengal Art Lounge, Dhaka. The exhibition showcased photographs by the internationally acclaimed photographer Alison Wright, reflecting the lives of Bangladeshi workers from the apparel industry.
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“You Are Welcome Here” Op-ed by Ambassador Bernicat

I want to congratulate all students in Bangladesh who have received offers of admission from one of the over 4,500 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States. Graduates of U.S. universities have gone on to become leaders and innovators in many fields around the world, and you should be proud of the invitation ...
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Ambassador Bernicat’s Remarks at the Inaugural Event of the Bangladesh Incident Management System (BIMS) Two Day Introductory Workshop

On behalf of the United States Embassy in Bangladesh, I am honored to be here to help launch such an important effort. We know that our two countries benefit when we work together to solve and overcome obstacles. Our ability to respond and adapt to natural disasters is one of those challenges. By sharing and ...
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First Lady Melania Trump & Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon to Honor Bangladeshi & 12 Others as Women of Courage

First Lady Melania Trump and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon will present the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to a group of extraordinary women from around the world today at the U.S. Department of State, including Sharmin Akter of Bangladesh.
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Security Incident

United States Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh Security Message for U.S. Citizens Security Incident March 24, 2017 According to local press reports, on Friday, March 24 at approximately 7:40 pm, a suicide attack was carried out on a police check post at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport intersection in Dhaka. Please review your personal security plans, remain aware ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Security Incident

United States Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh Security Message for U.S. Citizens Security Incident March 17, 2017 According to local press reports, on Friday, March 17 at approximately 1:30pm, an individual climbed over a fence onto Bangladesh Police Rapid Action Battalion’s proposed new headquarters compound (about 200 meters east of Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport). Initial reports ...
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Op-Ed on The Economic Impact of Gender Based Violence (GBV)

No country can afford gender-based violence (GBV). In Bangladesh, the costs of GBV are estimated at 2.1 percent of the country’s GDP. Each day, violence stops a girl from going to school and prevents a woman from taking a job, compromising their future and the economic and social development of their communities. Survivors are left ...
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Bangladesh 2016 Human Rights Report

Bangladesh is a secular, pluralistic, parliamentary democracy. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League (AL) have retained power since the January 2014 parliamentary elections, which most international observers characterized as controversial and falling short of international standards.
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Ambassador Bernicat’s Remarks at Apparel Summit

In the past, you have heard me start with praise for all the successes that the RMG sector in Bangladesh has made in recent years, and they are remarkable. But my message today is that responses from the United States will largely depend on what happens here in Bangladesh. And this is about the future, ...
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U.S. Mission in Bangladesh will be Closed on February 19 & 21

The U.S. Embassy Dhaka, including the Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library and the EducationUSA Student Advising Center, will remain closed on Sunday, February 19 and Tuesday, February 21, 2017 to celebrate President's Day, an official holiday in the United States, and in observance of Bangladesh’s International ...
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New USAID Project to Boost Agricultural Innovation & Technology Diffusion

Millions of smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia are attempting to diversify beyond staple crops to increase their incomes, nutrition, and resilience in response to climate change and shifting market demand. Although they are potentially significant producers of fresh vegetables and farmed fish, most smallholders lack access to technologies that would help them produce ...
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Ambassador Bernicat’s Remarks on the Nari Uddug Kendra Grand Gala Celebration Ceremony to Award “WOMEN LEAD WORLD” Honor

I am so pleased to be with all you this evening as we celebrate Nari Uddug Kendra’s accomplishments. For 25 years – a quarter century! – Nari Uddug Kendra has devoted itself to promoting gender equality and human rights and by fostering the personal and political empowerment of women and girls.
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Funding Opportunity Announcement

The American Center U.S. Embassy Dhaka   Awarding Agency: Department of State, U.S. Embassy Dhaka Funding Opportunity Title:  The American Center Annual Program Statement Funding Opportunity Number:  FY2017-APS-001 Funding Opportunity Type:  Initial Announcement CFDA Number:  19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Key Dates: Applications may be submitted between January 15, 2017 and August 31, 2017 Date ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Season Security Reminder

United States Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh December 29, 2016 U.S. citizens should take stringent security measures and be alert to local security developments during the holiday season. There is an ongoing potential for extremist violence in Bangladesh. The Travel Warning of July 10, 2016 is still in effect and the terrorist threat remains credible. Police have ...
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U.S. Embassy Dhaka Releases Music Video to Celebrate 4 Million Facebook Fans

The U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh is releasing a music video Nache Ey Mon featuring U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, singers Pritom Hasan and Tahsan, cricketer Mehedi Hasan Miraz and others on Saturday, December 31, 2016. The video filmed in and around Dhaka celebrates the embassy’s Facebook page gaining four million fans.
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Ambassador-At-Large For International Religious Freedom David N. Saperstein In Dhaka

David N. Saperstein, the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, will travel to Bangladesh this week. While in Bangladesh, Ambassador Saperstein will discuss religious freedom with government officials, civil society representatives, and a range of leaders representing both majority and minority religious communities.
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Op-Ed “Bangladesh Leads on Migration Discussions”

People do not make the decision to leave their homes lightly, but sometimes circumstances compel them to move. Many Bangladeshis leave home to pursue opportunities in the wider world. And tensions, conflict, and discrimination inside neighboring Burma have, over the years, led people from that country to flee across its borders into Bangladesh, Thailand, China, ...
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Ambassador Bernicat Visits Khulna

On December 1, U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat and USAID Bangladesh Mission Director Janina Jaruzelski visited USAID’s Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition, Globally (SPRING) Activity in Bagerhat District.
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New USAID-Bangladesh Ministry of Disaster Management & Relief Project Launched

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDM&R) inaugurated Nobo Jatra, its new five-year Food for Peace project in Khulna. Implemented by World Vision Bangladesh in collaboration with the World Food Program and Winrock International, the USAID Nobo Jatra project will improve food ...
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New USAID-MOCHTA Project to Improve Food Security & Nutrition in Chittagong Hill Tracts

Today the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts (MoCHTA) inaugurated SAPLING, its new five-year Sustainable Agriculture and Production Linked to Improved Nutrition Status, Resilience, and Gender Equity project, in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Implemented by Helen Keller International, the USAID SAPLING project will improve food ...
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Notice to Foreign Media on How to Cover the 2016 Elections

The U.S. Embassy is happy to provide the following information from the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Press Centers (FPC): There are no official credentials to cover the 2016 elections, either local or presidential. Each of the 50 states has their own regulations regarding elections and electoral procedures. For information on how to access polling ...
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Ambassador Bernicat visited Bait Ur Rouf Mosque

On October 20, Ambassador Bernicat visited the capital’s Bait Ur Rouf Mosque and was impressed by the innovative architecture, which provides both ventilation and natural lighting and creates a wonderful community space and place of prayer. Architect Marina Tabassum has been selected for the “2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture” for designing the mosque.  
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Professional Fellows Program on Economic Empowerment

The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma is partnering with the U.S. Department of State, the Center for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) at BRAC University in Bangladesh to host a five-week professional exchange in the United States that includes a professional fellowship placement at an American small business organization.
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Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (K-L YES) Program 2017-18

The American Center at U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (K-L YES) Program for academic year 2017-18. K-L YES is a high school exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program is administered in Bangladesh by the International ...
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U.S. Embassy Dhaka Closed on October 9 & 11 on the Occasion of Columbus Day and Durga Puja

The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library and the EducationUSA Student Advising Center, will be closed on Sunday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 11 2016, on the occasion of Columbus Day, an American holiday, and in observance of Durga Puja, a Bangladeshi national ...
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Call for Entries: EMK Small Grant 2017

The EMKCenter will award the Edward M. Kennedy Small Grants for Public Service and the Arts to individuals or groups who are active in volunteerism, women’s empowerment, education, youth engagement, entrepreneurship related projects and arts in Bangladesh.
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Seminar on “Women, Politics & Power”

The American Center Dhaka organized a seminar titled “Women, Politics & Power” on September 22, 2016. Katie Croake, Chief of Party for Democracy International; Silja Paasilinna, Bangladesh Chief of Party for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems; and Ambassador Nasim Firdaus, Executive Director of the Bangladesh Alliance for Women's Leadership (BDAWL), offered analysis and insights ...
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Secretary of State Kerry to Travel to Dhaka and New Delhi

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh, on August 29 to highlight the longstanding and broad U.S.-Bangladesh relationship. Secretary Kerry will meet with government officials to discuss our growing cooperation on global issues. He also will focus on strengthening our longstanding bilateral partnership on democracy, development, security and human rights.
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“Road to the White House” Facebook Chat on Social Media in Campaigns

Join us for our August 16 election chat on Social Media in Campaigns at 7 pm. The chat will feature Chris Talbot, the founder and President of Talbot Digital, and an expert on digital marketing in politics. His firm provides online communications and media strategy, message development and implementation, social media management, online advertising, tracking ...
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal Meets with Home Minister

DHAKA, JULY 11, 2016 – U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Manpreet Anand met today with Home Minister Assaduzzaman Khan to discuss Bangladesh’s bilateral relations with the United States and the ...
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal Meets with Foreign Minister

DHAKA, JULY 10, 2016 – U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Manpreet Anand met today with Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali and Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque to discuss Bangladesh’s bilateral relations with ...
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Joint Statement of the Fifth U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue

The Governments of the United States and Bangladesh, led respectively by U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon and Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque, convened the fifth annual Partnership Dialogue on June 23-24, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Both sides highlighted the growing bilateral ties between Bangladesh and the United States and reaffirmed ...
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U.S. Embassy Dhaka Closed on July 3-4 & 6-7 in Observance of Shab-e-Qadr, U.S. Independence Day and Eid-ul-Fitr

DHAKA, JUNE 30 -- The American Embassy, including the Consular Section and the American Center, will be closed on Sunday, July 3 in observance of Shab-e-Qadr and Monday, July 4 in observance of U.S. Independence Day. The Embassy will be closed again on Wednesday-Thursday, July 6-7 to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Shab-e-Qadr and Eid-ul-Fitr are Bangladeshi national ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat for World Environment Day

I am very happy to be here with the students of Independent University Bangladesh to celebrate World Environment Day. Environmental problems respect no borders. Addressing them and achieving sustainable management of natural resources worldwide requires the cooperation and commitment of all countries. This is a real opportunity to generate positive environmental action in the coming ...
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Op-Ed by Ambassador Bernicat on Press freedom Day

Today, we celebrate World Press Freedom Day. Established by the United Nations, it offers us an opportunity to celebrate the essential role that press freedom plays in democracy. As President Obama said, World Press Freedom Day is "a time for us to reflect and honor all those journalists who are languishing in jail as we ...
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Op-Ed by Col. Joseph Martin, Director, CFE-DM: Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Response

Last year, the Asia Pacific region continued to be the most disaster prone region in the world. Severe flooding affected India, Indonesia, and Japan, while the Nepal earthquake devastated Kathmandu. Experts warn that climate change will cause cyclones, epidemics, and severe flooding, which will plague the region with increasing intensity. What these disasters continue to ...
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U.S. Trade Show Promotes Economic Ties

DHAKA, March 1, 2016 – The 24th annual U.S. Trade Show will take place from March 3 to 5, 2016 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka. The U.S. Embassy is partnering with the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh to organize the trade show, which will host booths from 100 U.S. businesses, showcasing ...
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President and Chairman of U.S. Export-Import Bank Fred Hochberg’s Visit to Bangladesh

DHAKA, February 3, 2016 – Export-Import Bank of the United States Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg will visit Dhaka on February 3 and 4 to engage in discussions with Government of Bangladesh officials and business leaders intended to expand commercial interaction between the United States and Bangladesh. Chairman Hochberg will give remarks on February ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marcia Bernicat at the Launch of USAID’s Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh

Over the past two decades, Bangladesh has made tremendous progress in developing its natural resources for the benefit of its people. Since 1997, the U.S. Government and Government of Bangladesh have partnered to establish collaborative management—or co-management—systems for protected forests and wetlands, including the precious Sundarbans mangrove forest.
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Remarks by Ambassador Marcia Bernicat at the Closing Ceremony of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2015

It is an honor to be here today at Issa Khan and to see our strong bilateral relationship at work between the Bangladesh Navy and the United States Navy. I recently participated in the fourth annual U.S.-Bangladesh Bilateral Security Dialogue, where our governments reviewed the successes of our security cooperation and discussed ways in which ...
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U.S., Bangladesh Navies Strengthen Maritime Partnerships during 5th CARAT Bangladesh

DHAKA, SEPTEMBER 29 - The fifth annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh exercise conducted by the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, and the Bangladesh Navy will commence with an opening ceremony at Naval Base Issa Khan on September 30. Continuing through October 4, CARAT Bangladesh 2015 will feature five days of shore-based ...
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Remarks by Charge d’affaires David Meale at the 2015 Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange (DREE) Closing Ceremony

On behalf of Ambassador Marcia Bernicat, I want to thank you for inviting me here today to close the most important Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange (DREE) we have ever executed in Bangladesh. I have been paying close attention to the planning and execution of this DREE, and I can say it is the most ...
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USAID’s Global Chief to Visit Dhaka

DHAKA, AUGUST 26, 2015 – Alfonso Lenhardt, current head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), arrives in Dhaka on August 28 for a four-day visit. Administrator Lenhardt leads USAID—the primary U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential in over 100 ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marcia Bernicat at the USAID Food for Peace Program

Over the past forty-five years, Bangladesh has made tremendous progress in improving the food security of its people. We have witnessed remarkable gains in agricultural productivity to the point where Bangladesh is now almost self-sufficient in rice production. Extreme poverty has decreased over the years, and as a result of greater access to health care, ...
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USAID Food for Peace Program in Bangladesh Share Results and Way Forward with Key Stakeholders

DHAKA, August 13, 2015 —The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) presented the achievements and lessons learned from the most recent phase of its Food for Peace (FFP) program at an event widely attended by prominent members of the Government of Bangladesh as well as development partners and practitioners, international and local NGOs, implementing partners, ...
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Combatting Wildlife Trafficking Workshop 2015: Protecting and Saving our Tigers

Dhaka, August 13, 2015 – Earlier today, U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat and Law Minister of Bangladesh, Honorable Anisul Huq presided over the closing ceremonies for the 2015 Combatting Wildlife Trafficking Workshop: Protecting and Saving our Tigers at the Police Staff College in Mirpur, Dhaka. The workshop was opened on August 12 by USAID-Bangladesh Mission Director ...
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Op-Ed by Secretary of State John Kerry “Our Plan for Countering Violent Extremism”

Show the world the power of peaceful communities, and tackle bad governance that breeds frustration. Throughout our history, we have faced threats from aggression, genocide, chaos and dictatorship. Today we are asked to wage a new war against a new enemy. The battlefield is different, and so are the weapons that we need to overcome ...
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