The UAE state minister for food security has expressed her country’s interest to import surplus food from Bangladesh
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to invest in Bangladesh’s economic zones for mutual benefits.
“Bangladesh will welcome the UAE investment in these zones,” she said when UAE Minister of State for Food Security Mariam Almheiri paid a courtesy call on her at her office in the parliament complex in Dhaka on Tuesday evening, reports BSS.
“We’re setting up 100 economic zones in the country for rapid industrialization and employment generation and lot of facilities are there,” Hasina said, adding that entrepreneurs can establish industries in the zones in their own choice.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, her Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the prime minister also urged the UAE entrepreneurs to set up food processing industries in the zones.
He said Almheiri highly appreciated the tremendous development of Bangladesh’s agriculture sector and expressed her country’s keen interest to import surplus food from Bangladesh.
In this connection, the prime minister briefly described the country’s success stories in food production through diversification of crops.
She mentioned cultivation of paddy three times a year instead of single time and increasing investment in the agriculture research that turned Bangladesh into a food surplus country.
Hasina said that Bangladesh’s scientists have also invented salinity, flood and drought-tolerant crops, including paddy.
The prime minister’s daughter Saima Wazed Hossain Putul, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, the prime minister’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman and Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin were also present at the meeting.