Dhaka – Bangladeshi envoys stationed in the Middle East nations have been asked to explore markets for Bangladeshi products in the Muslim nations alongside drawing enhanced investment for the South Asian country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina came up with the directions at a meeting in Abu Dhabi with the Bangladesh mission chiefs in the Arab and Middle East countries on Monday as she was on a three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates.
The Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting at Sangria La Hotel, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
Hasina also asked the envoys to use diplomatic expertise in resolving any misunderstanding with friendly countries. Such situation must be resolved through dialogues, she emphasized.
“You would have to work bearing in mind that the world is now considered as a “global village,” Hasina was quoted as saying. “Everyone should move ahead with the mentality of extending assistances to each other,” she said.
Since the Middle East is one of the major destinations for Bangladeshi workers, Hasina instructed the diplomats to protect their interest as workers are often exposed to cheating.
She also emphasized for massive campaign so that no overseas jobseekers fall victims to the fraudulence and no extra money are charged from them.
“We all should look into the matter,” she added.
Hasina said the government was now working with the blue economy to unlock its potential to elevate further its economic status while the country was once needed to struggle for overseas loans.
“Those days are gone by… now we don’t call anyone a donner, rather development partner,” Hasina said.
Nine envoys – Golam Moshi (Saudi Arabia), Muhammad Imran (UAE), Maj Gen (Retd) KM Mominur Rahman (Bahrain), AFM Gousal Azam Sarker (Iran), AMM Forhad (Iraq), SM Abul Kalam (Kuwait), Abdul Motaleb Sarker (Lebanon), Md Golam Sarwar (Oman) and Ashud Ahmed (Qatar) – attended the conference.