Online Press Briefing with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Laura Stone, SCA, and JoAnne Wagner, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Dhaka

Bangladesh is a relationship with enormous potential and a country with enormous potential, and we really do hope to grow on that.  So the administration is looking to grow our relationship with Bangladesh as a key Indo-Pacific partner.

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United States Continues to Call for Justice and Accountability in Burma

Three years after Burma’s security forces launched brutal attacks against hundreds of thousands of Rohingya men, women, and children, most of whom are Muslim, in response to attacks by militants on security posts in northern Rakhine State.

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U.S. Embassy Provides COVID-19 Response Equipment to Dhaka Metropolitan Police Diplomatic Security Division

U.S. Embassy Dhaka distributed personal protective equipment (PPE) to Dhaka Metropolitan Police Diplomatic Security Division in support of its COVID-19 response efforts.

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The U.S. is leading the global response to COVID-19 with foreign assistance funding, having allocated $20.5 billion for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and other foreign assistance.

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U.S. Embassy Provides Additional COVID-19 Response Equipment to Bangladesh Prison Headquarters

U.S. Embassy Dhaka coordinated with the Ministries of Health and Home Affairs to distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to COVID-19 first responders.

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Are You a Non-Native English Teacher Interested in Exploring What Critical Thinking is and How it Promotes Intercultural Competence?

U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the U.S. Department of State is sponsoring a free Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) for non-native English teachers and education professionals interested in developing an understanding of culture and tools for analyzing, understanding, and negotiating differences between cultures.

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United States Government Provides Fast COVID-19 Testing Machines and Biosafety Equipment to TB Hospital in Bangladesh

Today, Ambassador Earl R. Miller visited the 250-bed Tuberculosis (TB) Hospital in Shyamoli, Dhaka to observe how U.S. government-provided GeneXpert machines can detect COVID-19 within 45 minutes and handed over equipment to improve diagnosis of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB).

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Bangladesh Flood Victims to Receive Emergency Assistance from  U.S. Government 

As floods spread across Bangladesh, the U.S. government is providing relief assistance, which builds on more than $7 billion in development assistance to Bangladesh since 1971.

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Kalyanpur Families Receive Food Assistance through $7 Million U.S. Government Program

Ambassador Earl Miller and Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Md. Atiqul Islam visited with families in Kalyanpur Bosti who are receiving food assistance through a new USAID-funded program benefitting 50,000 residents in two Dhaka neighborhoods.  The program is part of the $56.5 million in total U.S. government assistance provided by all U.S. government agencies to …

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U.S. Embassy Provides Covid-19 Response Equipment to Bangladesh Armed Forces Division in Sixth Handover

U.S. Embassy Dhaka distributed personal protective equipment (PPE)  to Bangladesh Armed Forces Division in support of its COVID-19 response efforts.

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Remarks By Secretary Esper at an International Institute for Strategic Studies Webinar on the U.S. vision for Security in the Indo-Pacific Region

Presenters:  Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper; Dr. John Chipman, Director- General, International Institute for Strategic Studies July 21, 2020   SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MARK T. ESPER: Well, thank you, John. And thank you for that kind introduction. It’s — it’s great to be here with you today. Good morning from the Pentagon. Again, I …

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New Humanitarian and Health Assistance Bolsters U.S. Leadership in Response to COVID-19

The American people’s generosity remains unmatched in the global fight against COVID-19. The Department of State and USAID are providing an additional $208 million in new humanitarian and health assistance to bolster our ongoing response efforts, helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the devastation inflicted by this deadly virus. With today’s announcement, the State Department …

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U.S. Embassy’s Webinar Series on Dark Web and Cryptocurrency Provides Tools to Fight Transnational Crime and Terrorism

Almost 50 Bangladeshi criminal justice officials and financial analysts will participate in the series, learning how dark web and cryptocurrency technology facilitates cross-border criminal activity, and how to detect and deter it.

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U.S. Embassy Provides Covid-19 Response Equipment to Bangladesh Police Headquarters

U.S. Embassy Dhaka coordinated with the Ministries of Health and Home Affairs to distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to COVID-19 first responders

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United States Government Provides $7 Million in Food Assistance to Help Urban Poor in Dhaka Cope with COVID-19 Challenges

Funding is part of the over $43.4 million in U.S. government assistance to date to support Bangladesh’s COVID-19 response efforts and builds on more than $1 billion in health assistance to Bangladesh over the past 20 years.

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Momen

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen to reaffirm the importance of the U.S.-Bangladesh relationship and discuss our continued cooperation to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Are You a Mid-Career Professional Interested in a Unique Professional Development Experience?

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential, a commitment to public service and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent, non-degree study at a leading U.S. university.

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What Still Needs to Happen to Win the Fight Against Human Trafficking

In late 2019, we learned of the harrowing plight of Suma Akter, a Bangladeshi woman in Saudi Arabia who secretly recorded and shared on social media her story of abuse and exploitation abroad.

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U.S. and Philippines Host Virtual Counterterrorism Conference for Regional Criminal Justice Officials

On June 23, the U.S. Embassy’s Department of Justice – Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (DOJ-OPDAT) and its Philippine Department of Justice partners hosted a virtual regional counterterrorism conference. 

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Ambassador Miller’s Remarks at Virtual Counterterrorism Conference for Regional Criminal Justice Officials in Manila

Good day, everyone.  As-salamu alaykum. Warm greetings from Dhaka. There’s a wonderfully forgiving phrase I used in southern Africa when there were far too many distinguished dignitaries to properly recognize:  all protocols observed. But I would like to thank Ambassador Kim and his team for hosting this important workshop.  And thank all participants.  What an …

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The United States continues to lead the global effort to respond to and end the COVID-19 pandemic. Building upon decades of investment in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance, the American people should be proud of the real results we are achieving through our help to nations around the world, which also helps protect the homeland.

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U.S. Embassy Provides COVID-19 Response Equipment to Bangladesh Customs Department

U.S. Embassy Dhaka coordinated with the National Board of Revenue to distribute COVID-19 personal protective equipment to the Customs Department.

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The U.S. Govt. Delivers More Than $173 Million in New Funding to Support Bangladesh’s COVID-19 Response

Funding builds on more than $1 billion in health assistance to Bangladesh over the past 20 years and includes funding to support food assistance to urban poor living in Dhaka.

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Media Note: Are You a Junior-Level University Teacher? Interested in Teaching Bengali on a U.S. CAMPUS?

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant program provides early career Bangladeshi university teachers the opportunity to spend nine months in the United States, refining foreign language teaching skills, and participating in campus, community, and cultural activities.

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The United States continues to lead in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, illustrated by recent announcements of new foreign assistance that are made possible through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. Government’s action.

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Embassy Provides COVID-19 Response Equipment to Kamalapur Railway General Hospital

U.S. Embassy Dhaka coordinated with the Ministries of Health and Railways to distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to the COVID-19 response facility, the second in a series of planned distributions. DHAKA, May 28, 2020 – United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller and Embassy representatives of the U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command delivered today essential personal …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Statement On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Susan and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims around the world who are celebrating Eid al-Fitr. Over the past month, Muslims at home and abroad have fasted, centered around spiritual reflection, community and values of gratitude, compassion, and generosity, and have adapted to practicing their faith and observing Ramadan in a world changed by …

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Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance.

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

Through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. Government’s action, the United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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U.S. Embassy Dhaka Hosts Arts Envoys for Virtual Masterclass For Bangladeshi Filmmakers May 11-19

Five U.S. Arts Envoys led the virtual masterclass which included independent films screenings.  The masterclass kicked off a year-long partnership with 12 promising Bangladeshi filmmakers to promote free expression in the arts, economic diversification, and greater cooperation between the people of Bangladesh and the United States.  

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Apply to the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program to Gain Teaching Experience in a U.S. Classroom

The six-week exchange program combining coursework, training, U.S. cultural site visits, and a teaching internship in a U.S. classroom takes place in the spring or fall 2021 session of choice. Deadline for applications extended to June 10, 2020

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U.S. Embassy Provides COVID-19 Response Equipment to Bangladesh First Responders

U.S. Embassy Dhaka coordinated with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Home Affairs to distribute the COVID-19 personal protective equipment to the Fire Service and Civil Defense first responders

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The United States Government Provides Over $22 Million for Fighting COVID-19 in Bangladesh

Funding builds on more than $1 billion in health assistance to Bangladesh over the past 20 years, and includes funding for the free, online COVID-19 training course for doctors across Bangladesh inaugurated via a virtual ceremony today.

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Statement by Ambassador Miller on World Press Freedom Day 2020 

On World Press Freedom Day, May 3, the United States joins countries around the world to reaffirm the universal right of free expression and the essential role press freedom plays in protecting democracy and keeping citizens informed and safe. 

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EXIM Board Takes United Action in Response to COVID-19 to Support U.S. Exporters and Jobs with Unprecedented Financing Flexibility

On behalf of the U.S. government, the U.S. Embassy is transmitting a press release from the U.S. Export Import Bank (EXIM) to ensure that Bangladeshi importers and buyers of U.S. products and services are aware of new measures to temporarily expand the types of financing EXIM can provide as part of the U.S. government’s efforts …

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Secretary of State Pompeo’s Message on Ramadan, 2020

On behalf of the American people, I extend my best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world as they mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a time of introspection, service, and compassion

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United States and Bangladesh partner to help U.S. Citizens return home

The United States Embassy in Dhaka is open and continues to provide emergency services to American citizens and emergency visa services on a case-by-case basis. The Embassy remains committed to working with the Government of Bangladesh and with other Bangladeshi friends and partners to respond to COVID-19.

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United States and Bangladesh Partner to Help U.S. Citizens Return Home

The safety and welfare of American citizens in Bangladesh is the U.S. Embassy’s highest priority. The Embassy is open and continues to provide assistance and services to American citizens as well as emergency visa services on a case-by-case basis. 

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U.S. Embassy Dhaka closed on April 9 in observance of Shab-E-Barat and on April 14 in observance of Bengali new year

The United States Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Thursday, April 9, 2020, in observance of Shab-e-Barat, and on Tuesday, April 14, in observance of Bengali New Year.  Emergency services for American citizens will be available on both holidays.  Please call (88) (02) 5566-2000 to speak with the duty officer.

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Embassy Closed March 26 for BD Independence Day; Emergency services for American citizens available

Emergency services for American citizens will be available. Embassy will maintain normal working hours, March 29-April 2, 2020. DHAKA, MARCH 25, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in observance of Bangladesh Independence Day.  Emergency services for American citizens will be available.  Please call (88) …

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United States Provides Assistance to Bangladesh to Respond to Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

The U.S. government recently announced a commitment of $37 million in financing from the Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious Diseases at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for 25 countries either affected by novel coronavirus COVID-19 or at high risk of its spread. 

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Ambassador Miller Celebrates International Women’s Day in Chattogram, Promotes Cultural Ties with People of Bangladesh

Ambassador Earl Miller visited Chattogram March 8-10 to celebrate International Women’s Day and reinforce cultural bonds between the United States and the Bangladeshi people.

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Media Note: Call for Applications for the 2020 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar

Women entrepreneurs, business managers, social innovators, policy makers, and civil society leaders with 7 years of experience are invited to apply for a 13-day program in Hawaii with other women leaders from around the world.

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United States, United Kingdom, and Bangladesh Special Operations Exchange

The first of its kind trilateral military exchange took place February 16 – March 12 aimed at improving joint interoperability in responding to security threats and crisis situations in the region through the exchange of techniques, ideas, and practices. DHAKA, March 10, 2020 – U.S. Ambassador Earl Miller and Bangladesh Navy Rear Admiral Mohammed Shaheen …

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Ambassador Miller’s Press Statement Announcing JRP 2020 Funding

March 4, 2020 As-salamu Alaykum.  Thank you all for being here. Yesterday in Geneva,  at the launch of the 2020 Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis, the United States announced more than $59 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh, and internally displaced Rohingya and members of …

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Statement by USAID Administrator Mark Green on The Commitment of $37 Million in Assistance to Respond to Novel Coronavirus Covid-19

The U.S. Government announced today a commitment of $37 million in financing from the Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious Diseases at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for 25 countries affected by novel coronavirus COVID-19 or at high risk of its spread.

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United States Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for Displaced Rohingya and Members of Other Affected Communities in Bangladesh and Burma

On March 3, the United States announced more than $59 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh and internally displaced Rohingya and members of other affected communities in Burma. 

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U.S. Embassy Dhaka Announces EducationUSA Academy 2020

Eleven U.S. colleges and universities, including top ranked universities in aviation, aerospace, and other STEM-focused programs, offer two- to four-week pre-college enrichment programs for 15- to 17-year old students from around the world.   Application deadlines range from March 1-early June 2020. DHAKA, February 26, 2020 – U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce that …

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U.S. Embassy Partners with Bangladesh Fire Support and Civil Defense Services to Build Capacity of Medical First Responders

30 FSCD officers from across Barisal Division participated in the second Medical First Responder Seminar of 2020 facilitated in part by recent MFRS participants from the Bangladesh Police.   DHAKA, February 27, 2020 – From February 23-27, U.S. Embassy Dhaka conducted its second Medical First Responder Seminar (MFRS) of 2020 in Amtali, Barisal Division, Bangladesh. …

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U.S. TRADE SHOW PROMOTES U.S.-BANGLADESH ECONOMIC TIES

PRESS RELEASE U.S. TRADE SHOW PROMOTES U.S.-BANGLADESH ECONOMIC TIES The Trade Show takes place February 27-29 and features leading U.S. companies in Bangladesh and seminars on U.S. visas, study in the United States, private sector engagement, and America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision. DHAKA, February 27, 2020 – On February 27, 2020, Chargé d’affaires a.i.  (CDA) JoAnne …

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U.S. Embassy Launches Bengali Language Website to Ensure Access to Information and Promote Mutual Understanding

DHAKA, February 20, 2020 – On the eve of International Mother Language Day, Chargé d’affaires (CDA) JoAnne Wagner launched U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s Bengali language website, www.bd.usembassy.gov/bn, which closely mirrors the Embassy’s English website and provides content to Bengali speakers across Bangladesh and around the world.

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U.S. Embassy Partners with Border Guards Bangladesh K-9 Units in Support of Bangladesh’s National Security

From January 26 – February 6, U.S. Embassy Dhaka held a Veterinary Subject Matter Expert Exchange seminar with the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), Chittagong focused on preventive medicine and trauma care for BGB working dogs and their handlers.

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Bangladesh – U.S. Interministerial Course Strengthens Interagency Counterterrorism Collaboration

U.S. Embassy Dhaka sponsored a one-week Inter-ministerial Course, February 2-6, focused on strengthening interagency counterterrorism cooperation, effective post-crisis response capacity, and institutional resiliency.  Members of the U.S. Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) based in Tampa, Florida provided the course instruction.

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U.S. Embassy Partners with Local Law Enforcement to Build Capacity of Medical First Responders

From January 5-8, 2020, U.S. Embassy Dhaka conducted its first Medical First Responder Seminar (MFRS) of 2020.  Twenty eight police officers from Bangladesh Metropolitan Police, Industrial Police, Armed Police Battalion, Highway Police, Criminal Investigation Department, and instructors from various Bangladesh Police Academies participated in the four-day seminar.

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U.S. Arts Envoy Beatboxers Visit Bangladesh December 16-23, Judge and Perform at the National Beatbox Championship, and Provide Training

The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka brought three world-renowned U.S. Arts Envoy beatboxers to Bangladesh to engage the public on the art of vocal percussion through community outreach, masterclasses, and media appearances December 16-23.  The Envoy beatboxers from the Beatbox House in New York – Gene Shinozaki, NaPoM (Neil Meadows), and Bangladeshi-American Amit Bhomick– judged and …

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Media Note: Are you a Bangladeshi Journalist? Interested in the Causes and Effects of Inequality?

The 2020 Jefferson Fellowship is accepting applications until January 14, 2020.  Selected journalists will participate in an immersive dialogue, travel, and reporting program to Honolulu, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Jakarta focused on the drivers, consequences, and policy responses to inequality in the United States and Asia. DHAKA, December 23, 2019 – The United States Embassy …

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Getting Dirty to Get Clean! 140 South Asia U.S. Program Participants Join Local Environmental Cleanup Campaign

140 South Asia U.S. Program Participants Join Local Environmental Cleanup Campaign. Participants included teachers, graduates, and trainers of U.S. Department of State programs from six countries and 600 volunteers from civic organizations in Kathmandu on the 340th consecutive week of the “Clean Bagmati” campaign.

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U.S. Embassy, CTTCU, and UN Cosponsor National Conference on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

The United States Embassy, the Bangladesh Police Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTCU), and the United Nations jointly opened a two-day National Conference on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, December 9-10, 2019, at the International Convention City in Bashundhara, Dhaka. 

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European Union Identifies Risks to 5G Networks

On December 3, the European Union (EU) Council identified serious risks posed to 5G telecommunications networks if they are built using untrusted vendors.  We welcome this acknowledgement and urge our European partners and allies to ensure only trusted vendors participate in any part of their future 5G networks.

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Special Briefing: Senior State Department Official on East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Special Briefing Office of the Spokesperson Press Correspondents Room Washington, D.C. November 15, 2019. We spent about three days in Myanmar, in Burma. I met with senior government leaders in Nay Pyi Taw, including State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi. I traveled to an internally displaced personnel camp in the Rakhine State and heard directly …

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Harassment of the Family Members of Uighur Activists and Survivors in Xinjiang, China

The United States remains deeply troubled by multiple reports that the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has harassed, imprisoned, or arbitrarily detained family members of Uighur Muslim activists and survivors of Xinjiang internment camps who have made their stories public.  In some cases, these abuses occurred shortly after meetings with senior State …

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United States Opens New Student Advising Center in Khulna

In celebration of International Education Week (IEW), U.S. Embassy Dhaka opened a new EducationUSA (EdUSA) Student Advising Center at its American Corner in Khulna on the campus of Northern University of Business and Technology on November 25.  The new EdUSA Center will be staffed by a full-time EdUSA Adviser and offer group information sessions and …

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On-The-Record Briefing Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback

MR BROWN:  Everybody knows Ambassador Brownback.  He’s going to read out some of his recent travels and talk to you generally about efforts related to religious freedom.  This will be on the record, and you can use the audio, for those who have radio, for the duration of the opening statement and for questions.  So, …

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Bangladeshi Students Studying in United States Reach All-Time High

In celebration of International Education Week (IEW), a joint U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education initiative,  November 18-22, 2019, U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce that the number of students from Bangladesh studying in the United States increased to 8,249 during the most recent academic year (2018/2019), according to the 2019 …

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USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick and Acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice G. Wells Visit Bangladesh

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick and Acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice G. Wells traveled to Bangladesh from November 5-7 to promote expanded U.S.-Bangladesh bilateral relations, increase commercial and security ties, and address the ongoing Rohingya humanitarian crisis.

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U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Officials for Repression in Xinjiang

The Chinese government has instituted a highly repressive campaign against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang) that includes mass detentions in internment camps; pervasive, high-tech surveillance; draconian controls on expressions of cultural and religious identities; and coercion of individuals to return from abroad …

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U.S. Embassy Dhaka will be Closed on October 8 and 13 in Observance of Durga Puja and Columbus Day

U.S. Embassy Dhaka will be Closed on October 8 and 13 in Observance of Durga Puja and Columbus Day   DHAKA, OCTOBER 7, 2019 – 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 Tuesday, …

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United States Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for Displaced Rohingya and Members of other Affected Communities in Bangladesh and Burma

Today in New York, the United States announced more than $127 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh and internally displaced Rohingya and members of other affected communities in Burma. 

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Ambassador Miller: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Supports Bangladeshi Communities Affected By Rohingya Crisis

DHAKA, September 16, 2019 – United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller travelled to Cox’s Bazar September 13-15.  During his trip, he met with organizations providing assistance to Rohingya refugees and communities hosting refugees. The United States is the world’s leading contributor of humanitarian assistance in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis, having provided …

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Burmese Military Criminal Complaint against Reverend Hkalam Samson

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 5, 2019   The United States continues to support the efforts of the people of Burma to achieve a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic country that respects the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people, including the freedom of expression. We are deeply concerned by the lodging of a criminal complaint against …

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U.S. Ambassador Visits Sylhet

Dhaka, September 3, 2019 – Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller traveled to Sylhet September 1-3.  During his trip, he promoted economic and healthcare sector cooperation, cultural understanding, and strengthening U.S.-Bangladeshi military ties. Ambassador Miller met with Sylhet Divisional Commissioner Mustafizur Rahman, District Deputy Commissioner Kazi Emdadul Islam and Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury to discuss …

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U.S. Government Provides $100,000 in Relief Assistance to Flood Victims

On Saturday, August 24, Ambassador Miller traveled to Ashtamir Char, Kurigram District, to announce the contribution of $100,000 from the government and people of the United States to the people of Bangladesh affected by flooding in the region. The contribution, implemented through CARE Bangladesh, will provide assistance to over 4,900 people from more than 1,200 …

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Deputy Coordinator for the Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism Visits Bangladesh

The U.S. Department of State’s Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism John T. Godfrey visited Bangladesh August 18-19 to discuss with Government of Bangladesh (GOB) officials and other partners counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CT/CVE) priorities in Bangladesh and the region, and cooperation with the United States in these areas.

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U.S. EMBASSY DHAKA CLOSED ON AUGUST 12-13 IN OBSERVANCE OF EID-UL-ADHA

DHAKA, AUGUST 11, 2019 – The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, 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 Monday and Tuesday, August 12-13, 2019, in observance of Eid-ul-Adha.. Emergency services for American citizens will remain available.  Please …

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Ambassador-At-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking In Persons Visits Bangladesh

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons John Cotton Richmond visited Bangladesh August 3-6 to engage Government of Bangladesh (GOB) officials and partners to discuss ways to combat trafficking in persons and encourage measurable progress in implementing the recommendations in the Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.

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U.S. Science Envoy for Air Quality Visits Bangladesh

DHAKA, July 26 – U.S. Science Envoy for Air Quality Dr. James J. Schauer visited Bangladesh July 20-26 to engage stakeholders in discussions about air quality and mitigation strategies. Dr. Schauer met with the Prime Minister’s Principle Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to discuss the integration of air quality solutions with the SDGs. He also met with the Director …

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U.S. Embassy Dhaka Celebrates The 50th Anniversay of The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller inaugurated a daylong series of programs at the American Center to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.  In his opening remarks, Ambassador Miller referenced Neil Armstrong’s famous quote, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind,” highlighting the achievement as a …

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Public Designation, Due to Gross Violations of Human Rights, of Burmese Military Officials

Today, the Department of State is publicly designating the following individuals and their immediate family members for the named individuals’ responsibility for gross human rights violations, including in extrajudicial killings in northern Rakhine State, Burma, during the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya:

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The United States of America Celebrates Its 243rd Independence Day

Today marks the 243rd celebration of U.S. Independence.  Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller and the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka celebrated the occasion July 3 with a National Day event.  The Honorable Minister of Agriculture Abdur Razzaque attended the event as the chief guest and representative of the Government of Bangladesh.  Ambassador Miller opened the …

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USAID Signs Statement of Partnership with Health Ministry to combat TB in Bangladesh

Today, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and USAID committed to deepen their partnership to end Tuberculosis (TB) in Bangladesh.  The new Statement of Partnership (SP) establishes a shared framework between the MoHFW and USAID to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis by 2022 through increasing case detection and treatment of all forms of …

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Joint Statement on U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue

Embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section Tel: 880-2-55662000 Fax: 880-2-9881677, 9885688 E-mail:  DhakaMediaRequests@state.gov Website:  bd.usembassy.gov   Joint Statement on U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue   DHAKA, JUNE 12 – The United States and Bangladesh convened the 7th U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue on June 10, 2019, in Washington D.C.  The meeting was co-chaired by Bangladesh Foreign Secretary …

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Assistant Secretary of Commerce Ian Steff Visits Bangladesh

Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Ian Steff visited Dhaka from May 11-13 to participate in a 2019 Trade Winds Indo-Pacific Forum and Mission and to promote U.S.-Bangladesh trade and investment.  The Trade Winds event facilitated meetings between 12 representatives of U.S. companies and more than …

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AMBASSADOR MILLER VISITS MYMENSINGH

Press Release DHAKA, APRIL 24 – Ambassador Miller visited Mymensingh April 23 and 24 to learn more about the Bachelor of Science (BS) program in Food Safety Management at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), launched with support from USAID, and the USAID-funded Feed the Future Post-Harvest Loss Reduction Innovation Lab in Netrokona.  Ambassador Miller met academics, …

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USAID Funded Cyclone Shelter Inaugurated in Patuakhali

State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Mr. Zakir Hossen, MP, and USAID Bangladesh Mission Director Derrick Brown jointly inaugurated a new multi-purpose cyclone shelter in Mirzaganj Upazila of Patuakhali District today. This new cyclone shelter, located at the Uttor Jhati Bunia Government Primary School, can accommodate approximately 1,800 people during a cyclone and will …

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Ambassador Visits Rajshahi

Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller visited Rajshahi March 27-29 to promote U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, economic engagement, and law enforcement cooperation in the region.  Ambassador Miller inaugurated the new American Corner at Varendra University, reviewed U.S.-supported cultural preservation work at the Varendra Research Museum, presented certificates to students in the English Access Microscholarship …

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Op-Ed on TB Day by Ambassador Earl R. Miller

Nine year old Sabbir was ill.  For several weeks he complained of chest pain and had a bad cough, sometimes coughing blood.  His parents took him to a pharmacy where he was misdiagnosed and given ineffective medication.  When his symptoms did not go away, Sabbir went to a doctor who fortunately recognized the symptoms of …

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Rohingya Refugee Crisis: The United States Contributes Over $105 Million to The 2019 UN Joint Response Plan

Today the United States is contributing $45.5 million to the UN World Food Program in support of the Rohingya refugee crisis.  This is in addition to the $60 million announced at the 2019 UN Joint Response Plan (JRP) launch in Geneva on February 15.  This brings the total U.S. contribution to the 2019 JRP to …

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U.S. Mission in Bangladesh will be closed on February 17 & 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 be closed on Sunday, February 17, in observance of President’s Day, a U.S. national holiday, and on Thursday, February 21, 2019, in observance of International Mother Language Day.

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U.S. Ambassador Earl R. Miller Visits USAID Development Programs in Jashore and Khulna

U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller today concluded his first tour to Jashore and Khulna, where he visited key USAID agriculture, labor and food assistance programs and met with students at the Khulna American Corner. Ambassador Miller, accompanied by USAID Deputy Mission Director Zeinah Salahi, met with government officials, community leaders and program participants …

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Bangladesh Election

The United States commends the tens of millions of Bangladeshis who voted in Bangladesh’s 11th parliamentary election on December 30, 2018, as well as the decision of all major opposition political parties to participate, a positive development after the boycotted election of 2014.

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Statement by Earl Miller, United States Ambassador to Bangladesh, Election Violence in Bangladesh

I thank Chief Election Commissioner Huda and all members of the Election Commission for taking the time to meet with me today at short notice.  I asked for this meeting because the United States is concerned by the high level of campaign violence over the last two weeks.  All parties have been victims of violence, …

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Upcoming Election in Bangladesh

The United States is disappointed by the Government of Bangladesh’s inability to grant credentials and issue visas within the timeframe necessary to conduct a credible international monitoring mission to the majority of international election monitors from the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), which the United States funded through the National Democratic Institute.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw Leads Delegation to Burma and Bangladesh

Simon Henshaw, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, will lead a delegation to Burma and Bangladesh October 29-November 4 to discuss ways to address the humanitarian and human rights concerns stemming from the Rakhine State crisis and improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance to displaced persons in Burma, …

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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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U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in Rakhine State, Burma

The United States is providing an additional nearly $32 million in humanitarian assistance to address the urgent needs of Rohingya fleeing violence from Rakhine State, Burma to Bangladesh, as well as internally displaced persons in Rakhine State, and host communities in Bangladesh. The United States is pleased to have announced this support during the 72nd …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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