Bangladesh and Sweden share a historic relationship, says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the Swedish investors to invest in Bangladesh’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs), saying that many opportunities have been created there for doing business.
“We’re setting up 100 special economic zones. We have created a conducive business environment and opportunities there. So, Sweden can invest in the country,” she said when Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexandra Berg Von Linde paid a courtesy call on the prime minister at her official Ganabhaban residence in the city.
The prime minister described relations between Bangladesh and Sweden as historic, saying that Sweden has been assisting Bangladesh since 1971, according to an official release of the press wing of the Prime Minister’s Office.
She briefly highlighted her government’s various initiatives taken in the last 12 years, especially the social safety net programs which have been playing a significant role in reducing the country’s poverty and ensuring women empowerment.
Turning to mechanisms to tackle climate change, she said that her government has been effectively dealing with climate change impacts.
The premier said the pace of Bangladesh's economic growth has slowed down due to the Covid-19 crisis, adding that her government has been trying to overcome the situation.
“With the rise of coronavirus globally, the RMG production came down in Bangladesh due to cancellation of orders from different countries,” she said, thanking Sweden for not cancelling any order during the bad time arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In this regard, the prime minister referred to the telephone conversation with her Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven and extended her thanks to him.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has already taken all necessary steps to collect Covid-19 vaccines for its people.
Swedish Ambassador Alexandra Berg Von Linde stated that Sweden has developed many green and environment-friendly technologies and requested Bangladesh to use those.
She also said Sweden wants to work more closely with Bangladesh on gender violence and human rights issues.
The envoy appreciated Bangladesh’s roles in women empowerment and dealing with climate change impacts.
The prime minister welcomed the newly appointed ambassador and assured her of all cooperation.
The premier’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus and Military Secretary Major General Naqib Ahmed Chowdhury were present during the event.