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EU to continue to work with Bangladesh, envoy tells PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invites EU investors to invest in Bangladesh

Update : 05 Mar 2019, 10:20 PM

European Union Ambassador to Dhaka Rense Teerink on Tuesday told Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the EU wants to continue to work with Bangladesh.

Teerink said this when she met the prime minister at her office in the parliament complex.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the prime minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the EU envoy said the EU was the biggest export destination for Bangladesh and advocated for enhancing trade between Bangladesh and EU member countries for mutual benefits.

Teerink said the EU was the big development partner for Bangladesh, especially in the education sector.

German Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Fahrenholtz, who was accompanying Teerink, highly appreciated Bangladesh’s development under Sheikh Hasina’s leadership facing so many challenges.

Addressing the envoys, the prime minister invited EU investors to invest in Bangladesh, including joint venture projects.

She mentioned that the development challenges for Bangladesh were huge and widespread.

After the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she said, Awami League was out of power for 21 years and all those years the country was ruled by military rulers overtly or covertly.

After assuming power in 1996, Hasina said, the Awami League government opened everything to private sector for the country’s speedy development.

Talking about elections, she said the people, particularly the women and young generation, had voted for Awami League in the 11th general polls.

"Overall development and women empowerment attracted the general people and they wanted the development spree to continue," she added.

Hasina, who also heads the ruling party, said that it appeared BNP was not interested in the election at all.

She recalled the oppression and torture of BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami government on the minority community during their regime in 2001.

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