The government has initiated a move to set up a chancery complex at Jeddah in Saudi Arabia by September 2023 in a bid to facilitate the operations of the Bangladesh mission at the Saudi Arabian port city on the Red Sea.
The operations of Bangladesh mission in Jeddah is currently run in a rented house while the government has already procured 154 Kathas of land in two separate plots for constructing the chancery complex and the ambassador’s house there.
In line with the land purchase deal signed with the Saudi government, the government of Bangladesh has to construct a chancery complex on that purchased land.
Under the circumstances, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has drafted a project for construction of the chancery complex in Jeddah, said a Senior Planning Commission official.
“After necessary formalities, the project is likely to be placed at a meeting of the ECNEC on Tuesday for its consideration,” he added.
ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will preside over the meeting to be held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.
The Planning Commission official said Bangladesh Consulate General in Jeddah will implement the project with an estimated cost of Taka 2.09 billion to be completed by September 2023.
Under the project, the chancery complex would be built at Bogdadia area in Jeddah.
The chancery complex building would be three-storey having a space of 6,354 square metres. Besides, there will be officers’ residential building having a space of 6060 square metres, staff residential building having a space of 6300 square metres.
The Planning Commission official said once the project is implemented, improved working environment and living condition would be ensured for the officials and staffs at the Bangladesh mission in Jeddah.
The Pre Evaluation Committee (PEC) meeting on the project, held on July 4 this year, suggested for moving ahead with the project subject to some restructuring of it.