Dhaka – Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday invited businesses from the United Arab Emirates to invest more in the South Asian country to reap the opportunity of an investment-friendly atmosphere.
She made the call when ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Bangladesh Saeed Bin Hajar Al Shehi paid a farewell call on her at Ganobhaban in Dhaka.
Hasina discussed other issues related to common concerns of Bangladesh and the UAE, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said after the meeting.
The Prime Minister referred to her measures for setting up 100 economic zones for industrialization in Bangladesh and said her government is ready to allot necessary land for the UAE businessmen for setting up industries.
She said power supply will be increased gradually as her government set a target for 24,000 MW power generation by 2021.
The premier requested the envoy to revive UAE government’s initiative to set up a specialized hospital in Rangunia of south-eastern Chittagong district.
She also put a request to the government of UAE for signing a Memorandum of Understanding on visa exemption for the diplomatic and official passport holders between the two countries to foster government-to-government cooperation.
The visa issue is likely to be discussed at a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Bangladesh and the UAE to be held in February next year, the envoy said in response.
Bangladesh and the Emirates signed three agreements in the past years. They are on Air Services, security cooperation and transfer of sentenced persons, he said adding that two MoUs were also signed between the countries during his tenure as ambassador.
Hasina thanked the outgoing Ambassador for his pro-active role in taking bilateral ties to a new height, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
Principal Secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and Prime Minister’s Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Jainul Abedin, were present, among others.