Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the Bangladeshi expatriates living in the United Kingdom to uphold image of the country in the world.
Bangladesh has now moved to the highway of development from what it was once termed by many as a land of beggars and natural tragedies.
“We have overcome the situation introducing us as a role model of development,” Hasina told UK-based Bangladeshi community leaders at Stroke Park as they meet with her on her arrival in London on her way to Sweden.
“So you should not do anything detrimental to nation’s image,” Hasina said adding that Bangladesh’s rapid development appeared as magic to many foreign leaders.
It is actually the result of “our sincerity to serve the people,” she added.
The prime minister said she has undertaken the task of building a “sonar Bangla” as her utmost responsibility as the daughter of Father of the Nation as well as Awami League worker, according to a report by state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
“It’s the responsibility of every Awami League worker at home and abroad to work with dedication for nation’s development, brightening country’s image and materialize the dream of Bangabandhu,” she said.
Hasina reiterated her government’s ‘zero tolerance’ against terrorism as part of its relentless efforts to make Bangladesh as the most peaceful country in South Asia.
Overall poverty rate now declined to 22 percent from 50 percent in 2006 and last year Bangladesh’s economic growth was 7.2 percent, which was very extraordinary success of Bangladesh.
By 2021 Bangladesh would be a middle income country and by 2041 it would be a developed one, she said.
The prime minister expressed her deep grief and sorrow at the loss of lives in series of landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in Bangladesh and in a devastating fire in London.
“(But) we have to proceed amidst grieves and distresses,” she said expressing regret that she could not be in Bangladesh during the crucial time due to her preoccupied programme abroad.
The prime minister thanked the Bangladesh community in UK for their overwhelming support to secure the victory of three Bangladesh-origin daughters in the recently held snap parliamentary election in the UK.
Earlier, newly elected Labour Party members in House of Commons Tulip Rizwana Siddiq and Rushanara Ali made courtesy call on Hasina in her hotel.
She greeted them with bouquet of flowers. They discussed various issues relating to mutual interests.