The Daily star Editorial : 31-04-16
মোঃ মোজ্জাম্মেল হোছাইন
প্রথমে শব্দার্থগুলো পড়ে নিন
Trip: ভ্রমণ (Journey, excursion)
Notch up: অর্জন, বিজয় (Achievement, win, accomplishment)
Deem:বিবেচনা করা(Regard, consider, believe)
Appreciative:প্রশংসক, কৃতজ্ঞ (Thankful, grateful, beholden)
Notwithstanding:যদিও (Although, However)
Duty-free access:শুল্কমুক্ত সবিধা (not to pay any taxes on the item)
Broach:আলোচনায় আসা, উল্লেখ করা (Mention, bring up a topic)
Engulf:ভরা, পরিপূর্ণ করা, আচ্ছন্ন করা (Fulfill, occupy, cover)
Robust:বলিষ্ঠ, শক্তিশালী (Strong, vigorous)
Stumbling block :বাধা, প্রতিবন্ধকতা (Obstacle, complication)
Kerry’s short trip to Dhaka
A notch-up in bilateral relationsUS Secretary of State John Kerry in a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Prime Minister’s Office on August 29, 2016. The top US official is visiting Bangladesh for the first time – a tour that is deemed as “significantly important” by diplomatic quarters.
OUS Secretary of state John Kerry’s short visit, onlythe second by a US Secretary of State to Bangladesh in four years, we believe, has taken our bilateral relationship one step further. It is good to see the US being more appreciative of our development efforts and our role in the international arena, especially in the battling of extremism and terrorism, despite many hindrances. We are reassured by the Secretary’s comments that the US will assist Bangladesh on all important sectors related to our development. However, that notwithstanding we are surprised that the issue of GSP and duty free access was not even broached during the Secretary’s talks with Bangladeshi leaders. This comes as a deep disappointment to us.
We are glad that the US considers Bangladesh an important development partner and that our two countries will engage more deeply in the fight against terror that threatens to engulf countries inthe region. And like Secretary Kerry, we believe that terrorism can be combated more effectively through better governance and democracy.
However, one of the preconditions for Bangladesh to continue its march towards development is through enhancing our trade, particularly our exports. And the US being a majordestination of our principal export item readymade garments, continued suspension of GSP facility hinders our efforts to enhance our volume of trade, particularly export. To make our development more robust, it is not ‘aid’ but ‘trade’ that we would like to depend on for our economicdevelopment. We would hope that in the wake of this official visit, where we have been assured of all assistance in all spheres including our counter-terrorism efforts, this particular issue of GSP will no longer remain a stumbling block in our even closer engagement as development partners.