U.S Ambassador Miller and Health Minister Zahid Maleque Inaugurate Country’s First One-Stop TB Service Center

U.S. investments help transform Shyamoli TB hospital into state-of-the-art health facility to test, diagnose and treat all forms of tuberculosis (TB) under one roof DHAKA, September 21, 2021 — Today, U.S. Ambassador Earl R. Miller joined Honorable Minister of Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque, MP, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy …

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U.S. Donates Metal Shark And Defender Patrol Boats To The Bangladesh Navy And Bangladesh Coast Guard

DHAKA, September 9 – Today U.S. Ambassador Earl Miller handed over 20 vessels to the Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Coast Guard in a virtual ceremony with Bangladesh Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Operations Rear Admiral M Ashraful Haq and Rear Admiral Ashraf Hoq Chowdhury, Director General of the Bangladesh Coast Guard. The event marked …

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200 New Students from Dhaka, Sylhet, and Chattogram Join U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s English Access Microscholarship Program

The new cohort of 200 students have joined the rigorous U.S.-funded two-year Access Program to strengthen their English language, critical thinking, and leadership skills. DHAKA, August 31, 2021 – Earlier this evening, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller congratulated 200 new Access students for being selected for the two-year U.S. State Department-funded English Access Microscholarship program.  Ambassador Miller praised 100 young women and 100 young men from local madrasas, public, and technical schools from Dhaka, Sylhet, and Chattogram …

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MEDIA NOTE Over 150 U.S. Universities Eager to Engage with Bangladeshi Prospective Students in the Annual EducationUSA U.S. University Fair

This year, EducationUSA Bangladesh and U.S. Embassy Dhaka will cohost the South Asia Fall Virtual Tour where Bangladeshi students, teachers, and college counselors can engage with U.S. college and university admissions recruiters.  The free fair will be held on August 27 (for graduate schools) and September 3 (for undergraduate schools) from 6:00 to 11:00pm (BST). …

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Students from Rajshahi and Chattogram Graduate from U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s English Access Microscholarship Program

76 students from Rajshahi and Chattogram successfully completed the rigorous U.S.-funded two-year Access Program, strengthening their English language, critical thinking, and leadership skills. DHAKA, August 11, 2021 – Earlier last evening, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller congratulated the 76 latest graduates of the U.S. State Department-funded English Access Microscholarship Program.  Ambassador Miller praised the …

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USAID Launches ‘Actions to Prevent Child Marriage in Bangladesh’ Campaign

Dhaka, July 29, 2021 – Today, the Secretary for the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MOWCA) Md. Sayedul Islam launched a new “Actions to Prevent Child Marriage in Bangladesh” campaign supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The campaign is designed to encourage families to condemn the harmful practice of child …

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U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Bangladesh Business Council Delivers Essential COVID-19 Supplies to Bangladesh

Dhaka, July 26, 2021 — Today, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires JoAnne Wagner and U.S.-Bangladesh Business Council representatives joined officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Directorate General of Health Services in welcoming a special delivery of essential medical supplies to bolster the country’s response to COVID-19.  The medical supplies were donated by the U.S.-Bangladesh Business Council in partnership with …

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Remarks by Chargé JoAnne Wagner

As-Prepared Remarks Chargé JoAnne Wagner As-salamu alaikum. Americar Jonogoner pokkho theke 3 million moderna vaccine, Bangladesher jonogoner jonno upohar hisebe grohon kale, apnader uposthitike Ami Shadhubaad Janai. Just two weeks ago, we were here to welcome 2.5 million Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses to Bangladesh, a gift from the American people to our partners in Bangladesh. …

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Bangladeshi Undergraduates to Participate in U.S.-Funded College Program

Eight undergraduate students from public and private universities will participate in a one-year, non-degree academic exchange, studying at U.S. community colleges, exploring career fields, and strengthening leadership and English language skills.   DHAKA, July 18, 2021 – U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller congratulated eight outbound Bangladeshi undergraduate students for being selected to participate in …

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The United States Takes Further Actions against the Burmese Military Regime

In response to the brutal campaign of violence perpetrated by the Burmese military regime and to continue imposing costs in connection with the military coup, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Assets Control is designating today 22 individuals connected to the regime, pursuant to Executive Order 14014 “Blocking Property With Respect to the …

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Remarks of Ambassador Miller at the Moderna Vaccine Delivery Dhaka, Bangladesh

As prepared. As-salamu alaikum. Two air deliveries from the United States, one tonight and another in about eight hours, are bringing 2.5 million doses of Moderna vaccine to Bangladesh. This is a gift, at no cost, from the American people.  We share these vaccines with the singular objective of saving lives.  Because it is the right thing to do.  It is what Americans do in times of need.  When …

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Delivery of U.S.-donated Vaccines through COVAX: U.S. Applauds the Shipment of Moderna Vaccines to Bangladesh 

The United States is the largest donor to the COVAX global initiative for equitable global COVID-19 vaccine access.  This second shipment of donated vaccines builds on over $84 million in COVID-19 response assistance to Bangladesh. Dhaka, July 3, 2021 — Ambassador Earl R. Miller greeted the arrival of the United States’ gift from the American people …

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United States Hands Over Oxygen and Emergency Medical Supplies to Help Bangladesh Combat COVID-19

Dhaka, June 29, 2021 – Today, the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated emergency COVID-19 medical supplies to Bangladesh to help save lives, stop the spread of COVID-19, and meet the health needs of the Bangladeshi people. The U.S. delivery is worth nearly $3 million and includes personal protective …

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USAID Launches Photography Book to Illustrate Achievements, Long Standing Partnership

“Golden Jubilee of Golden Bengal”- Celebrating 50 Years of U.S.- Bangladesh Friendship Dhaka, Sunday, June 27, 2021 – Today, the U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller joined U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Derrick S. Brown, and Economic Relation Division Joint Secretary Kabir Ahmed to launch a photography book illustrating the longstanding …

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USAID Launches A New Clean Energy Project: Bangladesh Advancing Development And Growth Through Energy (Badge)

This $17 million, five-year, flagship clean energy project improves access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy systems and promotes transparent and efficient energy markets. Dhaka, June 21, 2021: Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Derrick S. Brown, joined by Mohammad Alauddin, Chairman, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA), Government of …

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UNITED STATES DELIVERS A SECOND SHIPMENT OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO BANGLADESH TO COMBAT COVID-19

Since March 2020, the United States has provided more than $84 million in COVID-related health assistance to Bangladesh, including today’s delivery of critical personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals and fingertip pulse oximeters. Dhaka, June 10, 2021 — Today, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered to Bangladesh a second …

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United States Again Delivers Emergency Medical Supplies to Bangladesh to Combat Covid-19

Today, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered to Bangladesh its most recent shipment of emergency medical supplies to save lives, stop the spread of COVID-19, and meet the urgent health needs of the Bangladeshi people. 

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Are You a Mid-Career Professional Interested in A Unique Professional Development Experience? Are You Committed to Making a Difference In Bangladesh?

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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PRM Senior Bureau Official Nancy Izzo Jackson 2021 Bangladesh JRP Launch U.S. Statement on Funding for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis (Video Script)

The United States is proud to be the leading donor to the Rohingya humanitarian response since the onset of this crisis. I am pleased to announce today that the United States is providing nearly $155 million in new humanitarian assistance, much of which will go toward the 2021 Bangladesh Joint Response Plan. With this new …

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The United States Announces New Assistance to Respond to the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis

At the launch of the 2021 Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis, the United States announced nearly $155 million in new assistance to sustain critical efforts to support Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh and internally displaced Rohingya and other affected people in Burma.  Our assistance will help meet the immediate needs …

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Designating One Entity and 16 Individuals Connected to Burma’s Military Regime

Today, the United States is announcing new sanctions against Burma’s military regime in response to its continued violence and repression against the people of Burma, most recently in Mindat, Chin State, and its failure to take any steps to restore Burma’s democratic transition. 

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U.S. Embassy Dhaka Encourages Bangladesh Youth to Participate in the 2021 EducationUSA Academy Connects Program

Seven U.S. colleges and universities, including top ranked universities in aviation, aerospace, and other STEM-focused programs, are offering three-to-six-week pre-college enrichment programs for 15 to 17-year-old (some schools accept 15- to 18-year-old) students from around the world. Application deadlines range from May 24 to July 5, 2021. DHAKA, May 11, 2021 – U.S. Embassy Dhaka …

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U.S. and UK Governments Co-fund Actions to Reduce Pollution in Dhaka’s Rivers through Partnership with the Waterkeepers Consortium

Dhaka, May 7, 2021: U.S. Embassy Dhaka Deputy Chief of Mission JoAnne Wagner, Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister, the Atiqul Islam, Mayor, Dhaka North City Corporation, and Ms. Habibun Nahar, Deputy Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change participated in the launch of a new anti-pollution advocacy project called “Promoting …

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Are You An English Language Educator? Do You Want To Teach Your Students English For Media Literacy?

Free online course funded by the U.S. Department of State. Enroll by June 4, 2021 and complete course work by June 13, 2021. DHAKA, May 2, 2021 – The U.S. Department of State is sponsoring a free “English for Media Literacy for Educators” Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) designed to introduce English as a Foreign …

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Are You An English Language Educator? Do You Want To Improve Your Knowledge About Student Assessment?

Free online course funded by the U.S. Department of State. Enroll by July 16, 2021 and complete course work by July 26, 2021. DHAKA, May 2, 2021 – The U.S. Department of State is sponsoring a free “Assessment of English Language Learners” Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) for English language educators interested in improving teaching …

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USAID Hands Over 61 Refurbished Multi-Purpose Disaster Shelters to The Government of Bangladesh

Marking the 30th anniversary of the devastating 1991 cyclone that claimed 138,000 lives, on Thursday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bangladesh Acting Deputy Mission Director, Milan Pavlovic, joined Dr. Enamur Rahman, MP, State Minister for the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), to officially handover 61 USAID-refurbished and renovated multi-purpose cyclone …

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Leaders Summit on Climate Summary of Proceedings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 23, 2021 Leaders Summit on Climate Summary of Proceedings After fulfilling his promise to bring America back into the Paris Agreement, President Biden convened 40 world leaders in a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate this week to rally the world in tackling the climate crisis and meeting the demands of science. The United …

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200 Young Women Participate in U.S. Embassy & RoboLab Hosted Virtual STEM Olympiad for Girls

In recognition of Bangladesh’s Golden Jubilee and Bengali New Year, the Embassy and local educational partner RoboLab organized a STEM competition and mentor discussion to encourage Bangladeshi women and girls to pursue STEM education and careers.  More than 200 female students participated from across the country. DHAKA, April 18, 2021 – Deputy Chief of Mission …

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Sylhet Students Graduate from U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s English Access Microscholarship Program

Twenty students from Sylhet successfully completed the rigorous U.S.-funded two-year Access Program, strengthening their English language, critical thinking, and leadership skills, and other marketable soft skills. DHAKA, April 12, 2021 – U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller congratulated Sylhet’s 20 newest graduates of the U.S. State Department-funded English Access Microscholarship Program during a virtual ceremony …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen

REMARKS BUREAU OF SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS PADMA STATE GUEST HOUSE APRIL 9, 2021 Minister Momen:  Allow me to introduce President Biden’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, Senator John Kerry.  I welcome him to Bangladesh.  He came here to invite our Prime Minister, give the letter of invitation to our Prime Minister for the Leaders’ Summit on Climate Change on the 22nd and 23rd.  He will be meeting the Prime …

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s Visit to Bangladesh and Meetings with Prime Minister and Top Officials in the Govt. of Bangladesh

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s Visit to Bangladesh and Meetings with Prime Minister and Top Officials in the Government of Bangladesh

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U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Highlighted USAID Initiatives in India and Bangladesh to Combat Climate Change

During his April 5-9, 2021, visit to India and Bangladesh, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry highlighted several new initiatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in India and Bangladesh that will help combat climate change by expanding access to clean energy, strengthening climate-resilient infrastructure, and promoting clean energy entrepreneurship.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Launches U.S.-Bangladesh Business Council

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the U.S.-Bangladesh Business Council, which will focus on advocacy and engagement to strengthen the bilateral commercial partnership.

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First Bangladesh Congress on Epidemiology and Public Health Highlights U.S.-Bangladesh Cooperation and Vital Role of Field Epidemiologists

Ambassador Miller and IEDCR Director Dr. Shirin presented certificates to graduates of the CDC-funded Field Epidemiology Training Program and praised Bangladesh health professionals for their work in combatting COVID-19.  Over the two-day CDC-funded conference, participants shared experiences, establish a global network of public health experts, and advocated for an increasing number of epidemiologists and public …

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First National Congress on Epidemiology and Public Health to Highlight the Field’s Importance in Fighting COVID-19 and Other Public Health Issues

Virtual attendance at the two-day event, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is free and open to any health professional engaged in public health or those interested in learning more about the science and practice of epidemiology in Bangladesh. Register at https://fetpbangladesh.org/ by March 31. DHAKA, March 28, 2021 – The …

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The United States Strongly Condemns the Recent Killing of People in Burma, Including Children, by the Burmese Military

The United States is shocked and deeply saddened by reports that Burmese security forces continued to use lethal force against the people of Burma last weekend, resulting in the deaths of at least 27 people, including several children. These abhorrent and brutal acts against children, one as young as seven years old who was shot and killed in her home while sitting …

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U.S.-Funded Webinar Series with Bangladeshi and U.S. Medical Doctors Improves COVID-19 Case Management

This two-part series is made possible with some of the over $73 million in U.S. COVID-19 response assistance to Bangladesh since March 2020. Dhaka, March 23, 2021 – Today, Ambassador of the United States to Bangladesh Earl Miller virtually launched a webinar series linking medical universities in Bangladesh and the United States to share best …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield UN General Assembly Commemorative Meeting for Intl Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York March 19, 2021 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you for convening us to commemorate this important day. And I thank the Secretary-General, Madam High Commissioner, and Dr. Iweala, for your leadership in pressing us all to do more toward the …

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United States and Bangladesh Build Student-Police Relationships in Bangladesh

U.S. Embassy’s Department of Defense and Department of Justice’s Student Leadership Development Workshop Series Aims to Enhance Student-Police Relations. RAJSHAHI, March 12, 2021 – U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller and Rajshahi Additional Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md. Sujayet Islam provided remarks to 30 students from Rajshahi University, Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology, Rajshahi College, …

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Are You A Young Professional Working in Higher Education or Research? Do You Want to Earn A Master’s Degree from A U.S. University?

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides an opportunity for highly motivated Bangladeshi students and young professionals to pursue a fully funded master’s degree program in the United States.

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U.S. Embassy Launches New STEM Education Initiative for Women and Girls in Bangladesh

Girls in Bangladesh To celebrate 2021 International Women’s Day and Bangladesh’s golden jubilee, the Embassy and local NGO Education & Cultural Society (ECS) launched a new project aimed at encouraging Bangladeshi women and girls to pursue STEM careers.  The two year-long initiative includes STEM competitions and training for over 800 STEM instructors across the country. …

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Heads of International Missions Visit Cox’s Bazar, Declare Continued Support for Host Communities and Rohingya Refugees

Since the outbreak of violence in Myanmar in 2017, the international community has cooperated to assist in the crisis. In that time, Australia has provided over $240 million in humanitarian assistance to Rohingya and host communities in Cox’s Bazar; Japan has contributed $140 million; and the United States has responded with assistance of $1.2 billion …

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Are You A Primary or Secondary-level Teacher? Are You Interested in a Semester Long Professional Development Program in The United States?

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers (Fulbright DAI) is accepting applications. Participants in the program receive grants for a fully funded semester-long professional development program in the United States.

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Joint Statement by Thirteen OECD Ambassadors and High Commissioners in Dhaka on the Death of Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed

The undersigned Heads of Mission in Dhaka express our grave concern about the death in custody of Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed on 25 February 2021. Mr. Ahmed had been held in pre-trial detention since 5 May 2020 under the provisions of the Digital Security Act (DSA). We understand that he had been denied bail on several …

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U.S. Embassy Partners with Rajshahi Fire Service and Civil Defense to Build Capacity of Medical First Responders

Since 2014, more than 620 first responders from Bangladesh nationwide have participated in the program RAJSHAHI, February 25, 2021 – From February 22-25, 2021, U.S. Embassy Dhaka conducted its second Medical First Responder Seminar (MFRS) of 2021. Ten Fire Service and Civil Defense (FSCD) Officers from the Rajshahi FSCD Division participated in the four-day seminar. …

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Promoting Accountability for Those Responsible for Violence Against Protestors in Burma

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 22, 2021 The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Burma who came out across the country with courage and determination today to reject the military coup and voice their aspirations for a return to democratic governance, peace, and rule of law.  We condemn …

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USAID to Provide Initial $2 Billion to Propel Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

Today, thanks to Congress and the generosity of the American people, President Biden announced that the United States intends to provide an initial $2 billion, out of a total planned $4 billion, to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to support the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (Gavi COVAX AMC) to provide COVID-19 vaccines for 92 low- …

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New Bengali Language Website Ensures Access to Information and Highlights U.S. Commitment to the Bangladeshi People

On February 18, 2021, to celebrate International Mother Language Day 2021 and in honor of Bangladesh’s upcoming 50th anniversary of independence, U.S. Ambassador Earl Miller officially launched ShareAmerica’s Bengali language website.

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Dhaka University Team Wins Bangladesh National Round of Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2021

Dhaka, February 15, 2021: The Dhaka University Team won the 5th Bangladesh National Round of Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2021 (Jessup) competition last weekend. The competition, hosted at East West University, was inaugurated on February 11. At the end of the final round on February 13 BRAC University was also announced …

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USAID Hands over New Multi-Purpose Disaster Shelter to Government in Naikhangchori, Bandarban

The new multi-purpose disaster shelter is one of 25 new multi-purpose disaster shelters and 96 existing cyclone shelters being funded and refurbished by the U.S. government to serve as both safe havens and as schools in Cox’s Bazar. Dhaka February 12, 2021 – Yesterday, on behalf of U.S. Embassy Dhaka, United States Agency for International …

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Forty Bangladeshi Youth Graduate from U.S. Embassy’s English Access Microscholarship Program

The 40 students from Dhaka’s vocational schools successfully completed the two-year Access Program, strengthening their English language and leadership skills and other marketable skills. DHAKA, February 11, 2021 – U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller congratulated the 40 newest graduates of the U.S. State Department-funded English Access Microscholarship Program during a virtual ceremony today, February …

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Burmese Military Arrests of Civilian Government Leaders

The United States expresses grave concern and alarm regarding reports that the Burmese military has detained multiple civilian government leaders, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and civil society leaders.

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Are You Interested in Improving Your English Communication Skills and Knowledge of Business and Entrepreneurship?

As part of its Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2020 programming, the U.S. Department of State is sponsoring a free Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) for non-native English speakers interested in improving their English language skills, and knowledge of business and entrepreneurship at the same time. 

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Are you an Undergraduate Student Interested in Participating in a Youth Development Program in the United States?

ARE YOU AN UNDERGRDUATE STUDENT INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN A YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM  IN THE UNITED STATES? APPLY FOR THE Global Undergraduate Exchange Program Application Deadline:  Sunday February 28, 2021  The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) provides a diverse group of emerging student leaders with a scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study …

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U.S. Embassy Chargé Wagner Affirms Interest In Port Expansion, Discusses Challenges, Opportunities With Business Women Role Models

DHAKA, December 14, 2020 – U.S. Chargé d’Affaires JoAnne Wagner and Embassy colleagues traveled to Chattogram Sunday and Monday, December 13-14, to support the robust economic partnership between the United States and Bangladesh.  Chargé Wagner discussed expansion plans for the Port of Chittagong, including opportunities for participation by U.S. companies; engaged with female entrepreneurs pursuing …

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Are You a Highly Motivated Scholar Working in Higher Education or Interested in Teaching or Conducting Research at a U.S. University?

U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2021 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program (academic year 2021-2022).  The program offers six-to-nine-month research grants, beginning in September 2021.

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Are You an Undergraduate Student Interested in Participating in a Youth Development Program in the United States?

The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program is a non-degree-earning program that builds participants’ technical skills in applied fields, enhances leadership capabilities, and strengthens English language proficiency, and provides opportunities for professional internships and community service and engagement activities through immersion in day-to-day life in the United States.

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Ambassador Miller and Editors’ Council Discuss U.S.-Bangladesh Relations

Yesterday, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller met with the Editors’ Council of Bangladesh to discuss U.S.-Bangladesh relations and a wide range of bilateral issues.  During the virtual conversation, Ambassador Miller paid tribute to Bangladeshi journalists and media outlets for their tireless efforts during the ongoing pandemic to ensure the public has accurate, life-saving information …

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U.S. Embassy Provides COVID-19 Response Equipment to Dhaka Metropolitan Police Gulshan Crime Division

U.S. Embassy Dhaka distributed personal protective equipment (PPE) to Dhaka Metropolitan Police Gulshan Crime Division in support of Government of Bangladesh COVID-19 response efforts.  DHAKA, November 19, 2020 – Today, United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller and Embassy representatives of the Diplomatic Security Service Regional Security Office provided essential personal protective equipment (PPE) to Shudip Kumar Chakraborty, the …

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Bangladeshi Students Studying in United States Reach New All-Time High

Bangladeshi Students Studying in United States Reach New All-Time High Over 8,800 Bangladeshi students studied in the United States in the 2019/2020 academic year, making Bangladesh the 17th country worldwide sending students to the United States for higher education.  DHAKA, November 16, 2020 – In celebration of International Education Week (IEW), November 16-20, 2020, a …

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USAID Signs Joint Statement with Saudi Arabia’s Humanitarian Relief Agency to Co-Fund a Project of the World Food Programme in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

For Immediate Release November 12, 2020 PRESS RELEASE USAID Signs Joint Statement with Saudi Arabia’s Humanitarian Relief Agency to Co-Fund a Project of the World Food Programme in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh   Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) signed a joint statement expressing shared commitment …

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U.S. EMBASSY DHAKA IS ACCEPTING LIMITED APPLICATIONS FOR STUDENT VISAS

Individuals applying for first-time F, M, and J visas may apply and schedule interview appointments starting Sunday, November 15. DHAKA, November 13, 2020 – U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce, starting Sunday, November 15, we will accept appointments for new applicants for F, J, and M visas.   Please keep in mind that due to COVID-19, …

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U.S. and Bangladesh Navies to Exercise Together in Bay of Bengal and Virtually during CARAT 2020

The U.S. and Bangladesh navies expand relationships and broaden maritime awareness during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2020, commencing Nov. 4. CARAT Bangladesh 2020 demonstrates the U.S.’s continuing commitment to working with the Bangladesh military to address shared maritime security concerns in the region and strengthen our partnership to ensure a free and …

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2020 Indo-Pacific Business Forum Promotes Free and Open Indo-Pacific

The third annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum took place online and in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 28-29, 2020. It showcased high-impact private-sector investment and government efforts to support market competition, job growth, and high-standard economic development for greater prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.

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USAID Announces Launch of More Than $28 Million in Activities to Advance Regional Energy Markets in South Asia

Today, at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum hosted virtually out of Hanoi, Vietnam, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia Javier Piedra announced new activities valued at more than $28 million to advance regional energy markets in South Asia.

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USAID and U.S. Retail, Apparel, and Footwear Companies Announce Memorandum of Understanding to Help Hard-Hit Supply-Chain Workers in Asia

Today, at the U.S. Government’s third annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum hosted virtually out of Hanoi, Vietnam, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a consortium of U.S. retail, apparel, and footwear companies and industry associations to pursue much-needed relief to the predominantly female workers …

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Under Secretary Hale’s Call with Burmese State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale spoke today with Burmese State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to reaffirm American support for democratic reforms and humanitarian relief efforts in Burma and a credible, transparent, and inclusive national election in November.

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U.S. Announces Humanitarian Assistance at the International Conference on Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF STATE, MICHAEL R. POMPEO October 22, 2020 Today, the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) conducted a virtual conference on Sustaining International Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response. The United States announced …

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Readout: Deputy Secretary Biegun Co-Hosts Donor Conference, “Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response”

Today, the United States, led by Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun, co-hosted a virtual Rohingya Refugee Donor Conference along with the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).  U.S. Agency for International Development Acting Administrator John Barsa joined the Deputy Secretary in hosting the event.  Deputy Secretary Biegun and …

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Statement by Deputy Secretary, Stephen Biegun

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release October 22, 2020 Thank you, Acting Assistant Secretary O’Connell, and thank you for the kind introduction and for your incredible leadership here in the United States, especially in the Rohingya response.  I would also like to thank my co-hosts Minister of State Ahmad, Commissioner …

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Registration for the October 28 and 29, 2020 Virtual Indo-Pacific Business Forum is Open

Senior U.S. and international government officials, global industry executives, and other partners from the United States and the Indo-Pacific business community will gather virtually on the evenings of October 27 and 28 in the United States (the mornings of October 28 and 29 in the Indo-Pacific region) for the 2020 Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IPBF).

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Ambassador Miller Launches E-Mentoring Platform for Doctors to Treat COVID-19 in Bangladesh

Platform will provide online learning and mentoring for nearly 4,000 local doctors by connecting them with national professors of medicine at Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and U.S. experts at the University of Michigan’s Internal Medicine Residency Program and Center for Global Health Equity.

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Visit to Bangladesh

During his October 14-16 trip to Dhaka, Bangladesh, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun met with senior Bangladesh government officials to advance the United States-Bangladesh partnership on a range of bilateral initiatives.

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Joint Press Statement of the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will bring the international community together this month to address the Rohingya crisis.

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Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun

I am pleased to be here to celebrate yet the latest chapter of cooperation between the United States and Bangladesh, a relationship that dates back many decades and has bound the Bangladeshi people and the American people most closely together over these many years.

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Joint Statement Regarding the Vision for Advancing the U.S.-Bangladesh Economic Partnership

A virtual meeting was convened by U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Keith Krach, and Adviser for Private Industry and Investment to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Salman F. Rahman, MP, on September 30, 2020 with a view to developing a Vision for Advancing U.S.-Bangladesh Economic Partnership. The …

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USAID Mission Director Visits Sylhet Region to Observe COVID-19 Response Activities and Continuation of Essential Health Service Delivery

Mission Director Brown launched a new Tuberculosis (TB) initiative “Alliance for Combating Tuberculosis in Bangladesh” in Sylhet Division; part of the U.S. government’s commitment to end TB globally.  This latest activity builds on the more than $1 billion in health assistance provided to Bangladesh over the past 20 years and nearly $38 million in COVID-19 …

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The United States and Bangladesh Sign Open Skies Air Transport Agreement

Ambassador Earl R. Miller and Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism Senior Secretary Mohamed Mohibul Haque signed the Air Transport Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

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

DAS Stone : 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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World Humanitarian Day 2020

MS O’CONNELL:  Thank you very much, Doris.  Hello and thank you all for joining us to commemorate World Humanitarian Day 2020.  I proudly join Secretary Pompeo in honoring the memory of humanitarian workers who have made the ultimate sacrifice answering the call to protect the lives and alleviate suffering for crisis-affected people around the world.

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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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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability

On behalf of the United States, I want to extend our deepest condolences to all those who were affected by the massive explosion at the port of Beirut yesterday.

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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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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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