PM eyes Swedish partnership for investment, trade

Dhaka,  Fri,  28 July 2017
Published : 16 Jun 2017, 19:50:28 | Updated : 16 Jun 2017, 19:58:58
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PM eyes Swedish partnership for investment, trade

PM eyes Swedish partnership for investment, trade
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Friday invited Swedish entrepreneurs to partner with Bangladesh in investment and trade for the betterment of the people of both countries. 

"I strongly encourage you, the leaders of Swedish business and industry to partner with us in investment, trade, and innovative businesses for a shared prosperity. Together we can bring a change in the lives of millions in both our countries," she said.

The prime minister said this while addressing a business dialogue of Bangladesh-Sweden Investment Forum at Rosenbad Conference Centre of the Prime Minister's Office in Stockholm, reports BSS. 

Saying Bangladesh has the most liberal investment policy in South Asia, she said "Cost of establishing business is relatively lower. We enjoy 'duty free, quota free' access to the markets of EU, Australia, Canada, India, Japan and New Zealand."

Sheikh Hasina said 100 'Special Economic Zones' (SEZs) are being established in Bangladesh and such economic zones have been allocated exclusively to China, India and Japan on G2G basis.

"We are also developing a number of Hi-tech Parks ... I invite Swedish companies to partner with us in our development efforts," she said.

The prime minister hoped the event will give further impetus to trade and investment relation, help the two countries to achieve their common goals.

"I believe, our two business communities utilised the opportunity to sharing views and experiences, exchanging information and ideas and conveying what you can offer to each other," she said.

Hasina said Bangladesh is a success story in the readymade garment sector and it's now the 2nd largest garment exporter in the world.

Like the RMG sector, she said, other sectors are making significant progress as well.

"Our pharmaceutical products are now being exported to 83 countries, including the USA. We are fast emerging as a major global hub for high quality, low-cost generic medicines, including Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients," she said.

The premier said education sector, ICT and related sectors are also expanding rapidly. Shipbuilding is another fast growing industry in Bangladesh, by making world-class light to medium sized oceangoing vessels, she said.

Sheikh Hasina said PricewaterhouseCoopers in its February 2017 Report identified Bangladesh 'as one of the three fastest growing economies globally over the next three decades.'

"The strength of Bangladesh economy is globally recognised. We have achieved a growth rate of 7.24 per cent this year," she said.

The prime minister said Bangladesh became self-sufficient in food, despite the fact that it has a small land area compared to its vast population.

According to Food and Agricultural Organisation, she said, Bangladesh is among the top ten global producers in horticulture, inland fisheries, rice and potato.

"Agricultural innovation, led by small and marginal farmers with appropriate government support, was the key to this success," she said.

The Prime Minister Bangladesh is on the way to becoming a digitalised, knowledge-based Middle Income Country by 2021.

"We have also set a target to be a developed country by 2041. We have already been graduated to the Lower Middle Income Country status," she said.

Swedish Minister of Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg spoke on the occasion.

FBCCI President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin and Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) Kazi Aminul Islam made separate presentations.

Senior PMO Secretary Suraiya Begum and Labour Secretary Michael Shipper also took part in the panel discussion.

Leaders of business and industry of Sweden and members of the Bangladesh business delegation were present.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Sweden-Bangladesh Business Council, Stockholm and Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Industries was also signed in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Swedish Minister of Enterprise and Innovation to strengthen cooperation in the areas of trade and investment.

 
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