The prime minister praised BEPZA’s role on attracting FDI
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed on industrialization and minimize agriculture dependence to generate more employment, promote exports and socioeconomic development of the country.
The premier said this while giving an introductory speech at the 34th meeting of the board of governors of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Tuesday, reports BSS.
“Since Bangladesh is a country which is largely dependent on agriculture, we will have to go for industrialization alongside agriculture to generate more employment, promote exports and ensure
socioeconomic development of the people,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also chairperson of BEPZA Board of Governors, chaired the meeting.
The prime minister simultaneously stressed the need for giving special attention to increase food production.
She also asked the authorities concerned to set up industries by taking all initiatives to protect the environment and said: “We will have to go for industrialization by protecting the environment.”
Praising the role of BEPZA for attracting foreign direct investment and for industrialization, the premier asked for giving further attention to this end.
Describing Bangladesh as the most lucrative destination for investment, the prime minister gave credit to the youth work force, prolonged political stability and continuation of the democratic process for this.
She went on saying, “Bangladesh has become the attractive destination for investment as we have been able to maintain political stability, continuation of the democratic process and develop a vast youth work force.”
The premier said, “We need to make youth workforce more efficient by giving them with proper training.”
Turning to special economic zones, she said 100 special economic zones are being set up across the country.
BEPZA Executive Chairman Major General SM Salahuddin Islam gave a presentation on the activities of the regulatory body and progress on the implementation of decisions taken in its previous 33rd meeting of the board of governors.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian were present at the meeting.
Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman moderated the function while PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and concerned secretaries were present.