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Friday, June 27, 2014 - 05.45 GMT
SL, Bangladesh sign MOU on pharmaceuticals, medical devices


An MOU on Procurement of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices between the Government of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was signed by Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, and Minister of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh Mohammed Nasim, at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh on June 23.

The MOU was initially proposed during the visit of Minister Sirisena to Bangladesh in April 2013 as a measure to improve the efficiency of supplying pharmaceuticals and medical devices to the Sri Lankan government hospitals on a Government to Government basis.

During his visit to Bangladesh, Minister Sirisena called on his Bangladesh counterpart, Mohammed Nasim at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The discussion between the ministers underlined the robust nature of the bilateral relations and the opportunities for promoting co-operation between the countries. The ministers recognized the importance of close collaboration by both countries as regional partners in the field of medicine and pharmaceuticals. Minister Sirisena expressed the hope that the MOU would enable Bangladesh to become an important partner in Sri Lanka's socio-economic development and stated that this MOU symbolizes the goodwill and a humanitarian gesture by the people and the Government of Bangladesh towards Sri Lanka, rather than a commercial undertaking.

The minister stressed that signing of this MOU is a historic moment as this is the first ever pharmaceutical procurement MOU signed by the Government of Sri Lanka with any foreign Government or an institution.

He elaborated that under the provisions of the MOU, the Government of Sri Lanka will be able to maintain the high standards of Healthcare in the country and ensure uninterrupted supply of high quality, essential medicines in Sri Lanka.

He also welcomed Bangladeshi investors to take advantage of the conducive atmosphere and emerging opportunities in the pharmaceuticals sector in Sri Lanka and added that Sri Lanka was also able to sign an MOU in the field of Nurses Training in November 2013. It is hoped that Sri Lanka and Bangladesh could share expertise and look for synergies in partnership in the medical field.




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