Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the Bangladeshi envoys to strengthen the country’s relations with the Muslim countries.
She has asked the diplomats to expand export to import-dependent Middle Eastern countries and attract investment to Bangladesh.
The PM was speaking at the Envoys’ Conference at Shangri-la Hotel in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
“In case of investment and export, you will have to assess which country has what kind of demand. You will have to decide and proceed accordingly,” she told the envoys deployed in nine Middle Eastern countries.
PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
Noting that Bangladesh receives the largest share of remittance from the Middle Eastern countries, Hasina asked the diplomats to work in a way so that Bangladeshi workers do not get into trouble abroad.
She stressed the need for carrying out campaigns in villages so that overseas jobseekers do not fall victims to deception of middlemen and no one has to give additional money for going abroad.
Hasina said once Bangladesh had to take loans from donors, but the country has come out of that situation. “So, they [the donors] are now our development partners.”
About the ongoing drive against terrorism and militancy in Bangladesh, the PM said the country curbed the menace with its own mechanism. She said the drive would go on.
The PM said Bangladesh has added new aircraft to the Biman fleet as the country’s economy has become stronger, thanks to the contributions made by the expatriates, particularly those staying in the Middle East.
Talking about the celebrations of Mujib Borsho (from March 17, 2020 to March 26, 2021), Hasina said many programmes have been drawn up in this regard.
She asked the envoys to take up programmes to observe the Mujib Borsho abroad and contact the foreign governments to this end.
The PM said a book titled “Amar Dekha Naya Chin” (The New China as I Saw), authored by Bangabandhu, was going to be published.
The nine envoys who joined the conference are Golam Moshi (Saudi Arabia), Muhammad Imran (United Arab Emirates), Maj Gen (retd) KM Mominur Rahman (Bahrain), AFM Gousal Azam Sarker (Iran), AMM Forhad (Iraq), SM Abul Kalam (Kuwait), Abdul Motaleb Sarker (Lebanon), Md Golam Sarwar (Oman) and Ashud Ahmed (Qatar).
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen were present.