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BD-Panama deal in Oct for creating jobs for seamen

BD-Panama deal in Oct for creating jobs for seamen

Bangladesh and Panama will sign a bilateral agreement in October bringing an opportunity for Bangladeshi seamen to get jobs in Panama-flag carrying vessels.   Panama, which is the world leader in shipping registry with a total of 9,000 ships worldwide, will soon open a liaison office in Dhaka.   Ambassador and Consul of Panama in Bangladesh with residence in Seoul, Korea, Aram B Cisneros said this at a press conference at Sonargaon Hotel in the city on Thursday.   “Panama is a very strong country in maritime sector. So, our goal is very specific…which is to provide Bangladeshi seamen job opportunities (in ships),” the envoy said.   Of the total Panamanian ships, he said, over thousand of ships are owned by Korean companies but carrying Panama flags and Panama has a 23 percent market share of global shipping.   Responding to a question, Cisneros said there is a city named Colon in the Pacific Ocean having a seaport that lies near the Caribbean Sea entrance to the Panama Canal and there is opportunity for Bangladesh investment.   “Now we’re evolving, we’re very successful as shipping hub, we’re very successful as a trade hub,” he added.   Expressing gratitude to Bangladesh for helping Panama in 1977, the diplomat said, “We’re very grateful to Bangladesh. I think you know that in 1977, a small, weak country like Panama was able to get Panama Canal back from the United States. Thanks to the non-aligned movement and Bangladesh is a member of that group.”   “I’m also very happy to pay respect to the President of Bangladesh on behalf of my country people.”   The envoy said he is rejoiced by this opportunity of increased friendship and business development between Bangladesh and panama.   Khurshid Alam, who is working in Panama as business development officer, said there is a need for signing a bilateral agreement between the two countries to check whether the seamen are abiding by the rules of the IMO (International Maritime Organization).   “Once the deal is signed, the certificate of recognition (CoR) as per the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping) will be given for Seafarers,” he said.   Alam also said the priority of Ambassador Cisneros is to liaise between the productive and efficient Bangladeshi seamen and the Korean shipping companies, hence creating enriching job opportunities. –UNB