The construction work of Bangladesh Embassy’s own building has started in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. In a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, it was informed that this work started by signing a contract with a contractor company in Bhutan on Monday.
The building is being constructed on land provided by the Bhutanese government in Hejo-Samteling, the new diplomatic area of Thimphu. Bajra Builders Pvt Ltd of Bhutan got the job through international tender.
The Bangladesh Embassy signed the agreement with Bajra Builders in the presence of high-level officials of Bhutan and Bangladesh on Monday. Bangladesh Ambassador to Bhutan Shibnath Roy and Bajra Builders Chief Executive Officer Jamtsho signed the contract to start the construction. Officials including Royal Chamberlain of the Fifth King of Bhutan and Royal Chamberlain of the Fourth King, Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Foreign Secretary, India’s Charge of Affairs posted in Bhutan were present on the occasion.
The ceremony was followed by special prayers and prayers followed by the signing of the agreement and special programs highlighting the cultures of the two countries.
Ambassador Shivnath Roy said that the building of Bangladesh’s own embassy in Thimpu reflects the strong leadership of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the King of Bhutan and the excellent diplomatic relations between the two countries. Through this building, cultural exchange and bilateral multifaceted relations between the two countries will be expanded.
According to the press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the governments of the two countries have given space to each other in the diplomatic area for the construction of embassies. Following this, the Government of Bhutan gave one and a half acres of land to Bangladesh in the designated diplomatic area next to the Thimpur Supreme Court. On April 19, 2017, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and King Jigme Khesar Namgil Wangchuck of Bhutan laid the foundation stone of Bangladesh Embassy on that land.
Incidentally, the construction time of the Bangladesh Embassy building in Thimpu has been estimated at 18 months. A total of four buildings will be constructed on one and a half acres of land. It includes the embassy building, ambassador’s residence, staff quarters and multipurpose hall.