PM urges Bangladeshi-origin British entrepreneurs to invest in bigger way

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PM urges Bangladeshi-origin British entrepreneurs to invest in bigger way

DHAKA, Oct 9 (BSS) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged Bangladeshi-origin British entrepreneurs to invest in different sectors in Bangladesh in a bigger way by taking the advantage of investment-friendly atmosphere here.

“An investment-friendly atmosphere is now prevailing in the country, while the government has been providing various facilities to the foreign investors . . . you can exploit this opportunity,” she said.

The Prime Minister made the remarks when a 22-member delegation of Wales-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WBCCI) led by its President Dilabor A Hussain called on her at her official Ganobhaban residence here this evening.

Other members of the delegation included Secretary General of WBCCI Mahbub Noor, Trade Director Abdul Alim, Business Development Managers Christopher Conners and Catherine Jane Peasley, and Director Ana Miah.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad said Sheikh Hasina called upon the Bangladeshi- origin British entrepreneurs to invest in gas, power, renewable energy, ICT, composite textiles, biotechnology and agro-based industries.

“There are tremendous potentialities for investment in these sectors in Bangladesh,” she said.

The Prime Minister highlighted various steps her government has undertaken for the development of economy and said Bangladesh clocked 6.7 percent growth in the last fiscal year despite global economic meltdown.

“Bangladesh’s economy is progressing very fast which has been acclaimed by the world,” she said

Referring to the government’s tougher stance against corruption, Sheikh Hasina said her government is determined to root out the social menace from the country for ever.

She also mentioned various steps to root out terrorism and militancy from the country and said the fight against terrorism and militancy would continue until these social vices are not eliminated completely.

“Bangladesh was known as a safe heaven for terrorists and militants during the previous BNP-Jamaat alliance government. But the country is now free from that stigma due to various pragmatic steps of the present government,” she said.

The Prime Minister recalled the contribution of the British government and the people to Bangladesh’s Liberation War.

Commerce Minister Muhammad Faruk Khan, Advisor to the Prime Minister Dr Mashiur Rahman, Principal Secretary Sheikh Wahiduzzaman, Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad and Special Assistant to the PM Abdus Sobhan Golap were present, among others.

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