Jigmi Wangdi

The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Bangladesh Chancery and Ambassador’s Residence was held yesterday at Hejo, Thimphu. 

The construction of the ceremony marks the next step in the bilateral relationship between Bhutan and Bangladesh, further strengthening the bond of friendship.

Ambassador of Bangladesh to Bhutan, Shib Nath Roy said that the construction of the embassy had to be halted owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and other formalities. 

Officials from the Bangladesh embassy, the Gyalpoi Zimpon office, foreign ministry, and other dignitaries attend the ground breaking ceremony of the Bangladesh Chancery in Thimphu yesterday

“Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina unveiled the foundation stone plaque for the construction of the Bangladesh embassy back in 2017, where His Majesty The King also graced the event,” Shib Nath said.

He said that it was a dream of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to open Bangladeshi embassies in all the capital cities of the world. The ambassador also signed a memorandum of understanding with Vajra Builders Private Limited, who will construct the embassy. The construction of the embassy is expected to take around 18 months.

Ambassador Shib Nath Roy said that Bhutan and Bangladesh have a special friendship. “During the reign of His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Bhutan was the first country to recognise Bangladesh as an independent country, and our bond has become stronger ever since then,” he said.

He said that the embassy will ensure collaboration and cooperation in areas of trade, the communication sector, water development, electricity sector, cultural sector, health and education sectors. “We have so many sectors to develop between our two countries.” 

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by government officials and representatives from the Gyalpoi Zimpon Office.