Bangladesh Power Division and German company Seimens yesterday initialed a joint development agreement for construction of a 3600 MW LNG power plant at Paira.
The document was signed following a meeting of Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at meeting room of Hotel Sheraton, where the prime minister is staying during her ongoing visit to Germany.
CEO of North West Power Generation Company of Bangladesh Khorshed Alam and Chief Executive Officer and Global President of Siemens Joe Kaeser signed the document on behalf of their respective sides, according to BSS report.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Foreign Sectary Md. SHahidul Haque said the power plant is the beginning of Seimens plan to come in Bangladesh in a big way to invest in the health, education mobility and other sectors.
Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen, Principal Secretary Md. Nozibur Rahman, Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque, PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim, Secretary of Power Division Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus and Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed were present.
Later, CEO of German company Veridos Hans Wolfgang Kunz also called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Hotel Sheraton.
Wolfgang informed the prime minister about the progress of manufacturing technologically advanced e-passport for Bangladesh saying the company would be able to handover first batch of e-passport to Bangladesh authority by June, 2019.
Such e-passport is very much advanced on technological point of view and be used only in two countries in the world- Germany and Bangladesh. The passport is almost impossible to forge, the Veridos CEO said.
Wolfgang Kunz expressed interest in data processing and other sectors also, the foreign secretary said adding the company has a plan to invest in a big way in Bangladesh.
The prime minister welcomed the Veridos decision to invest in Bangladesh and technology transfer for setting up of a plant for production of e-passport in Bangladesh.
The prime minister hoped that Bangladeshis would be able to operate the e-passport production plant by taking necessary training and produce e-passport for other countries.