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Sheikh Hasina called upon the expatriates to invest in the country

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon expatriate Bangladeshis around the world to invest more in Bangladesh. “We will address the barriers (if any) and assure you that we will improve the investment climate by resolving them,” he said.

The Prime Minister made the call while virtually attending a civic reception given to Bangladeshi expatriates living in Scotland.

Mentioning that the Awami League government is always people-oriented, Sheikh Hasina said, they always work for the welfare of the country and the people.

In this context, the Prime Minister also mentioned the 2 per cent incentive introduced by her government for expatriate Bangladeshis to send money from abroad to the country using appropriate channels. He said the government has also set up a separate bank for the convenience of expatriate Bangladeshis.

When the expatriates mentioned some difficulties in investing in Bangladesh, the Prime Minister said she did not know what kind of problems they were facing in investing. “There will be a roadshow in London, where I will ask the Bangladesh Development and Investment Authority (BIDA) to look into the matter,” he said.

He said that he had already given necessary instructions to Bida to remove all obstacles to facilitate investment and gave a brief description of the massive development activities of the present Awami League government since it came to power in 2009. He said his government has proposed special measures for expatriates to invest in Bangladesh. However, I am requesting the expatriates to abide by the prevailing laws in the country when investing in Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina said there are some rules for investment around the world. I hope you will abide by it. The country has investment bonds and premium bonds where expatriates can invest.

He added that the government is setting up about 100 economic zones and expatriates can invest there.

Talking about the BNP protests in Scotland, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina said, why are they doing it? My question is what is my fault? We have developed Bangladesh, reduced the poverty rate, made the people of Bangladesh self-sufficient in food.

The Prime Minister said Bangladesh no longer needs to beg from foreigners. We are implementing more than 90 percent of our development projects with our own funds.

He said the BNP wants to put the country back in a dire situation like during their rule. If thieves like them come to power, Bangladesh will be plunged into the dark age again. The BNP-Jamaat alliance never wanted development of the country, not even the independence of Bangladesh.

The Prime Minister said her government was in talks to re-launch Dhaka-New York and Dhaka-Toronto flights.

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