Dhaka – The current pace of development may be stopped if not the Awami League return to power through the next election due by December, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday.
“I don’t know what will happen if another party come to power as the election is approaching,” the Prime Minister said referring her bitter experience that her development schemes were discontinued with the political changeover.
Hasina, while addressing the country’s top business leaders in Dhaka, said she would be able to fulfill the development targets only if the people vote her to power.
“We will also try to stand by them even we don’t get their vote,” she said inaugurating an international business conference titled ‘Destination Bangladesh’ at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).
The programme was organized at the 60th anniversary of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, State Minister for Finance MA Mannan and President of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Shafiul Islam Mohiuddain attended the function.
On the occasion, DCCI conferred the ‘Visionary Leadership Award’ on the Prime Minister, terming her a ‘torchbearer’ of Sonar Bangla and a real change-maker.
“Sheikh Hasina opened the gateway for greater investment and a trendsetter of transforming Bangladesh into ‘Destination Bangladesh’,” a citation of the DCCI said.
Hasina said in 1996 to 2001, her government had showed successes in many areas including power generation, improving literacy rate and food production and many other areas.
But, unfortunately, all those development works faced offsetting fate in the next seven years, she said adding that the country went under the complete grip of terrorism, militancy, lawlessness and other anti-social activists.
After coming to power in 2009, she said her government gradually brought everything under a discipline and put in force a system to take forward the country in a planned way.
Now, Bangladesh is progressing fast and many international agencies also acclaimed the country for the success,” she added.
Hasina said according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Bangladesh would emerge as world’s 28th largest economy by 2030 and 23rd largest economy by 2050, exceeding many developed economies like The Netherlands, Australia, Spain and Malaysia.
Hasina called the businessmen to do their parts keeping the target in mind.
“We will do our best if we come to power.”