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PM seeks more Canadian investment

Staff Correspondent।। dhakapress24.com

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today sought more Canadian investment for mutual benefits of the two countries. "We need more investment for rapid economic development and we're  setting up 100 special economic zones in the country with various  facilities to attract more investment and generate employment," she  said.


   In this connection, the prime minister mentioned that her government  wants to facilitate the investors. "So we urge the Canadian investors to  invest in Bangladesh in a large scale," she said.


  The premier made the remarks when newly-appointed Canadian High  Commissioner to Bangladesh Benoit Prefontaine paid a courtesy call on  her at her Jatiya Sangsad office here this evening.  After the meeting, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.


  While talking about the next general election, Sheikh Hasina said her  government wants country's democracy to continue smoothly.


  In this regard, she mentioned the introduction of transparent ballot  box and preparing a flawless voter list with photographs.


  About Rohingya issue, the prime minister said Bangladesh has given  shelter to over 10 lakh forcibly evicted Myanmar nationals on  humanitarian grounds.In reply, the Canadian high commissioner highly lauded the Bangladesh  government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for giving shelter to the  Rohingya people and extending all out assistance to them.

In this connection, the envoy said Canada has already been expressed  concern over the exodus of tens of thousands of Rohingya people into  Bangladesh. "Our prime minister has sent a special envoy to Myanmar to  discuss the Rohingya crisis," he said.

The prime minister recalled with profound respect the prompt support  of Canada, especially the then Canadian premier Pierre Trudeau, to  Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971.

She also remembered with her meetings with the present Canadian premier twice.Sheikh Hasina elaborated her government's stunning successes and  achievements in various sectors saying the GDP growth now stood at 7.28  percent, per capita income rose to 1610 dollars and poverty rate reduced  to 22 percent.

Besides, she said, the government is encouraging parents and  guardians to send their children to schools, while money of stipends is  being sent to mothers' cell phone accounts directly. Benoit Prefontaine said Canadian foreign minister is likely to visit Bangladesh soon.

He said Canada will continue work for further strengthening the  bilateral relations between the two countries. "Canada is very  optimistic about the potentials of cooperation in various sectors," he  said.The high commissioner said Canada welcomed establishing consulate office in the Canadian city of Toronto.He said Canada wants to help Bangladesh promote further women empowerment. PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman was present on the occasion.