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Govt is always with you, PM Hasina tells business people

The premier urges business people to develop new products and find new markets for exports

Update : 15 Jul 2023, 10:31 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged the country's business people to develop new products and find new markets for exports utilizing their innovative ideas.

“Government is always beside you,” she said.

The prime minister said this while addressing the opening of the “Business Conference on Building Smart Bangladesh” at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), the apex trade organization of the country, organized the three-day conference focusing on the private sector's role in building Smart Bangladesh. 

Foreign investors, top corporates, sector-based associations, and top business leaders, general body (GB) members from chambers and associations of FBCCI joined the conference.

Hasina said that Awami League never judges business people by their political affiliation.

“Political affiliation of the businessmen is not important to us. We always think about the welfare of the people of the country,” she said.

In this regard, she mentioned that irrespective of the political affiliation the government gives scope to all which is beneficial for the people of the country.

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Prime Minister's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman Fazlur Rahman were present on the dais while the FBCCI President Md Jashim Uddin delivered the welcome speech at the program.

Former FBCCI presidents Yousuf Abdullah Harun, Abdul Matlub Ahmad, Mir Nasir Hossain and Kazi Akram Uddin, National Association of Small and Cottage Industries of Bangladesh (NASCIB) President Mirza Nurul Ghani Shovon, Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) President Mohammad Abul Basher, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) President Russell T Ahmed, Bangladesh Dokan Malik Samity President Helal Uddin, Akij Jute Mills Limited Chairman Sheikh Nasir Uddin, Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) President Anwar-ul Alam Chowdhury (Parvez), Pran Group Chairman Ahsan Khan Chowdhury, former Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Nihad Kabir, Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CWCCI)  President Monowara Hakim Ali, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Md Saiful Islam, Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI) Senior Vice President Abdul Muktadir, Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) President Mohammad Ali, Meghna Group Chairman Mustafa Kamal,  HSBC Bank Chief Executive Officer Md Mahbub ur Rahman, Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) President Naser Ezaz Bijoy, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) President Selima Ahmad, Japan Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Myung-Ho Lee, Bangladesh, and Pakistan Inditex Regional Head Javier Carlos Santonja Olcina, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) President AKM Salim Osman, Bengal Group Chairman Morshed Alam, former FBCCI president AK Azad, Leather-goods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) President Syed Nasim Manzur, Bankers' Association President M Nazrul Islam, Bashundhara Group Chairman Akbar Sobhan, International Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh (ICC) President Mahbubhr Rahman, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Barrister Md Sameer Sattar, FBCCI Vice President Mostafa Azad Chowdhury Babu and Chittagong Chamber of Commerce of Industry President Mahbubul Alam spoke from the business community.

Earlier, the PM unveiled the report prepared on the outcome of Bangladesh Business Summit-2023.

At the outset of the conference, a theme song on FBCCI's 50 years and its contribution to the country's economy and development during this journey was played. 

An audio-visual on the outcome of Bangladesh Business Summit-2023 was also screened.

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