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Create opportunity for foreign trade from global recession

President asks business leaders

President Zillur Rahman poses with a delegation from Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) who met him at Bangabhaban in Dhaka yesterday.Photo: PID

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged business leaders to give necessary suggestions to the government by reviewing the trends of the present recession-affected world market.
“Explore the ongoing global economic recession to turn it in favour of the country's foreign trade expansion,” he said while a 20-member delegation of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), led by its President Zafar Osman, called on him at Bangabhaban.
Referring to the present world economy, the President said: “We must remain alert that the country's economy won't get affected by
the global economic recession.”
He termed the government's financial support package as encouraging, but said “we also have to keep in mind that the financial ability of our government is very limited.”
The President said the government is working sincerely to keep prices of essentials within the reach of mass people and has already achieved some success.
He hoped that the business leaders would also play vital role from their respective position to check the price-hike and inspire other businessmen to remain committed towards the society besides making profits.
“We will turn the country into a happy and prosperous one through united efforts,” Zillur Rahman said.
DCCI President Zafar Osman expressed his satisfaction as the government declared financial stimulus package to face the global economic recession.
He underscored the need for national consensus on national issues to achieve the government's goal to make the country a middle-income one by 2021.
Osman hoped that as guardian of the state the President would play his role in this regard.
Senior DCCI Vice President Shekil Chowdhury sought the President's cooperation in turning the DCCI-run business institute into a full-fledged institute under the National University for creating more skilled and knowledgeable entrepreneurs.
Secretary of the President's Office Mohammad Shafiul Alam, Military Secretary to the President Brigadier General Md Ehtesham Ul Haque and
President's Press Secretary Abdul Awal Howlader were present during the meeting.

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