Ongoing democratic process behind Bangladesh’s unprecedented development (PM)
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said an uninterrupted democratic process over the past 13 years was behind Bangladesh’s unprecedented development.
“You have noticed the change of Bangladesh in 13 years. And this development was only achieved because the democratic process continued in the country with the Awami League in power during these 13 years,” she said. said Friday.
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The Prime Minister was addressing a civic reception given in his honor on the occasion of his official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
She joined the event virtually from her place of residence in Abu Dhabi, while Bangladeshi expats were connected from three locations: the Bangladeshi Consulate in Dubai, the Abu Dhabi Theater and the Private English School and College. from Bangladesh to Ras Al Khaimah.
Hasina said there was no continuation of the democratic process in the country for several years after 1975.
“There was a dark chapter after 1975. That dark cloud has disappeared. Now we are moving Bangladesh forward following the ideology of the Father of the Nation,” she said, adding that Bangladesh is moving forward and no one can’t take it back. .
Noting that the country faced a problem during the Covid-19 pandemic, she said there was now another new problem – the situation created by the war between Ukraine and Russia.
“So we are going through another abnormal situation…Fuel prices are rising and various problems have emerged in the international arena. We are also facing problems. But I believe we can overcome this in Bangladesh,” he said. she declared. .
The Prime Minister asked expatriates to tell their families and loved ones back home not to leave any piece of land uncultivated to earn self-sufficient food, even in the face of a global food crisis.
Explaining his government’s development activities, Hasina said there was no possibility for anyone to remain unemployed in the country unless they wanted to. “If someone takes a small initiative, they won’t stay unemployed,” she added.
On her visit to the United Arab Emirates, the Prime Minister said that she had talks with the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and that some memoranda of understanding had been signed between the two countries. “I think my visit was very fruitful,” she said.
She urged foreign job seekers not to travel abroad through illegal channels. She advised them to take out loans from Probashi Kalyan Bank instead of selling their land to pay for going abroad.
The prime minister urged expatriates to abide by the rules and laws of foreign countries to uphold Bangladesh’s image. “You must protect your own dignity, ensure your own safety and defend the dignity of countries of origin and destination,” she said.
Regarding the requirements of expatriates, she said the government has taken steps to ensure expat passport services for expats and to step up surveillance to end harassment at airports in Bangladesh by installing more CC cameras there.
Hasina said that when multiple flights land at once, some issues regarding baggage delivery services are seen at the airport. Once the ongoing construction works of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport’s third terminal are completed, the baggage issues would be resolved, she said.
During the ceremony, the Prime Minister virtually unveiled the foundation stone of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman building of the Bangladesh Private English School and College.
Minister of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmad also spoke at the event, while Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, the Prime Minister’s adviser on Private Industry and Investment Salman F Rahman, Minister of Commerce Tipu Munshi and Minister of State for Women Fazilatun Nessa Indira were connected to the virtual event from all three venues.
Three expats, including a student, also spoke at the event hosted by Bangladesh’s Ambassador to the UAE, Mohammed Abu Zafar.