Prime Minister asked Bangladesh envoys to pursue the political and economic diplomacy

Ansar Ahmed Ullah || London GBnews24 ||

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the Bangladesh envoys in European countries to pursue the political and economic diplomacy together in the interest of country’s economic development.

The Prime Minister said, “We need to focus more on economic issues besides political diplomacy so the ongoing development in Bangladesh will continue,” while speaking as the Chief Guest at the Envoys’ Conference, the first of its kind, on 20 July in London.

A total of fifteen Bangladesh ambassadors, high commissioners and permanent representatives posted in different countries of Europe attended the conference. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen also spoke on the occasion.

At the conference the Prime Minister held discussions with the Bangladeshi envoys on various issues and gave them necessary directives. The issues included enhancing Bangladesh’s image further in Europe, boosting trade and commerce and attracting more investment in the country. Rohingya issue and  migration as well as the celebrations of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of the country’s independence were also discussed in the conference.

Referring to the fast-changing world, Sheikh Hasina advised the diplomats to take effective and time-befitting action plan for establishing deeper and broader relations with foreign countries. She said, “To this effect we need to explore opportunities for enhancing investment, trade and skilled manpower export in countries particularly in the European states.”

The prime minister said Bangladesh now has a very big and skilled youth force who can meet the demand of global job markets. Referring to the Bangladesh government’s various initiatives for building a skilled work force, she said we have already introduced apps for helping people learn nine different languages.  She suggested the envoys to assess the markets of their respective country of assignment and identify the barriers to bolster economic ties.

The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government is working with specific target of making Bangladesh a developed nation by 2041 and asked the diplomats to draw their own specific targets in line with the goal. “We have already attained over 8.0 per cent GDP growth and put a target of 8.12 per cent GDP growth for the current 2019-20 financial year,” she said adding that the per capita income will reach at US$2000 in 2020. Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is also no more dependent on aid. We are sourcing over 90 per cent of Taka 5,23,190-crore national budget from our own resources.

Those who attended the conference were Abu Zafar (Austria), Mohammed Shahdat Hossain (Belgium), Muhammad Abdul Muhith (Denmark), Kazi Imtiaz Hossain (France), Imtiaz Ahmed (Germany) , Jashim Uddin (Greece), Abdus Sobhan Sikder (Italy), Sheikh Mohammed Belal ( Netherlands), Muhammad Mahfuzur Rahman (Poland) , Ruhul Alam Siddique (Portugal), Dr. S.M. Saiful Hoque (Russian Federation), Hassan Mahmood Khandker (Spain), Nazmul Islam (Sweden), Shameem Ahsan (Switzerland) and Saida Muna Tasneem (United Kingdom).

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