Dhaka, Mar 5 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday urged expatriate Bangladeshis to highlight the achievements of Bangladesh abroad.
The President said this when London Tower Hamlets Councilor and Speaker Ayas Miah met him at Bangabhaban.
Hailing Ayas for being elected as Speaker of Tower Hamlets, President Hamid said Bangladesh is considered as a role model in many areas of socio-economic development.
He hoped that expatriate Bangladeshis would make positive contributions towards highlighting the image of Bangladesh abroad as its goodwill ambassadors.
During the meeting, Ayas Miah informed the President about Tower Hamlets' activities and the details of its Hamlets' role in local development and the process.
The Secretaries to the President and the Centre for NRB Chairperson MS Sekil Chowdhury were also present.
Labour Party Councillor Ayas Miah became the Speaker of Tower Hamlets and was elected the Speaker after his party won the landslide victory in Local Government election held on May 3 last.
Ayas Miah originally hails from Dhorarai village (Mollah Bari) under Doshghar Union in Bishawanath upozilla of Sylhet.
Dhaka, Jan 18 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has urged all Bangladesh missions abroad and expatriate Bangladeshis to take proper steps to avoid the repetition of any incident like what happened in Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait on Thursday.
Three people, including counsellor (political) and head of chancery Md Anisuzzaman were injured when a group of Bangladeshi workers of a Kuwaiti company – Lesco – attacked them.
“Local police brought the situation under control and picked some workers up. The situation now remains fully peaceful,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here on Friday night.
The government and the Embassy in Kuwait have taken steps to have the arrested Bangladeshi workers released, said the MoFA.
Lesco has assured the workers of paying their arrears by February 5 and resolving the issues related to renewal of work permit.
Meanwhile, Kuwaiti authorities are investigating Thursday’s vandalism and physical assaults on staff inside Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait by a group of agitated Bangladeshi workers, said an official on Friday.
He said the probe is being carried out through analysing CCTV footage.
The Bangladesh Embassy, however, requested the Kuwaiti authorities not to harass any innocent worker during the investigation process.
“We’ll make sure that no innocent worker is harassed. We’ve already talked to officials concerned in Kuwait. They’ve assured us in this regard,” Bangladesh Ambassador to Kuwait SM Abul Kalam told UNB describing what happened on the day.
On Thursday, a group of Bangladeshi workers ransacked the Embassy property, including computers and TV, despite assurance from the Ambassador to address their issues through discussions.
Some 300-400 Bangladeshi workers, employees of the Kuwaiti company, took position in front of the Embassy expressing their grievances against the company over arrears of three months – October-December 2018 – and iqamas (work permits) issues in the morning.
“I had a meeting with a small group of them inside the Embassy and identified their three problems, including arrears and iqama renewal,” said the Ambassador conveying the workers’ representatives to fulfill their demand through consultation with the company officials.
Later, the Ambassador had another meeting with the manager (operation) of the Company on the same day at his office asking him to address the issues raised by Bangladeshi workers.
Ambassador Kalam said the Company representative assured him of disbursing the arrears by February 5 and he also obtained a written statement from him for resolving the workers’ issues.
When the Company representative was going out from the Embassy, some of the workers stopped him and got engaged in scuffling.
Counsellor (Political) and head of chancery Md Anisuzzaman and two other staff came under attacks who were trying to help the Company representative get into his car, Embassy officials said.
At one stage, some of the workers entered the Embassy and ransacked its furniture indiscriminately despite Ambassador’s assurances and requests to return to work.
On request, members of law enforcement agencies rushed to the spot and picked up around 150 workers for questioning, said the Embassy sources.
The Embassy has also conveyed the overall situation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here, said an official.
Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Oct 18 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the government is creating scope for Bangladeshi expatriates to invest in the country’s economic zones.
“We’re creating scope so that they (expatriates) can invest in the economic zones,” she said while addressing a programme after laying the foundation stone of the Chancery building of Bangladesh Consulate in Jeddah on its own land.
The Prime Minister said the expatriates can deposit their earned money in Prabashi Kalyan Bank from where they can provide their family expenditures.
"At the same time they can invest a portion of the deposited money in the economic zones,” she said adding that now the government is building 100 economic zones across the country for local and foreign investment," she said.
Mentioning the huge contributions of the expatriates to the development of Bangladesh by sending remittances, Sheikh Hasina said the expatriates are facing various problems in foreign lands and it's the duty of the government to resolve the problems.
She urged the expatriates to create awareness among the overseas jobseekers so that they don’t go to the middlemen for sending them abroad.
The Prime Minister suggested the overseas jobseekers to get proper training from the government’s training centres before going abroad so that they don’t face problem in foreign lands.
She said now the world considers Bangladesh a role model for the development. “Today the development is visible to all since we're in power for nearly last ten years.”
Talking about the corruption allegation brought by the World Bank against her family members, the Prime Minister said she threw challenge to the World Bank to prove the allegation, but they failed. The Canadian Federal Court also dismissed the allegation as false, she said.
“I am daughter of the Father of the Nation, I am not governing the country for making own fortune,” she said adding that she is in the power to improve the fate of the people.
Without mentioning the name of Nobel Laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus, Sheikh Hasina came down heavily on him for his role behind the withdrawal of the World Bank’s finance to the Padma Bridge project.
She said it is very unfortunate that a person of Bangladesh hatched conspiracy to stop the finance only for the post of managing director of a bank.
“What can be more unfortunate than this? They don’t have affection for the country and the people,” she said adding that the persons who charge high interest providing loan to the poor don’t have any kindness and affection.
Sheikh Hasina urged the Bangladeshi expatriates to uphold the country’s image in a foreign country by abiding by local rules and regulations.
About her visit, Sheikh Hasina said she came to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of its King and custodian of the holy mosques.
Nothing that she had good discussions with the King and the Crown Prince, the Prime Minister said Saudi Arabia has shown interest for investing massively in Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commissioner to Singapore M Mustafizur Rahman has urged the expatriate community to work together to achieve the targets outlined in Vision 2021 and Vision 2041 and thus build ‘Sonar Bangla’.
He highlighted the visionary dream of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The High Commissioner was addressing a seminar as part of Bangladesh Development Fair 2018 in Singapore on Sunday.
A documentary on the development of Bangladesh was screened following the seminar, said the High Commission on Monday.
The fair aimed to portray the achievements and development projects of the government over the decade.
Citing statistics and data, the High Commissioner delineated the achievements of the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the socio-economic development of the country.
He also highlighted the development projects undertaken by the government for the welfare of senior citizens, freedom fighters and underprivileged people in the rural areas.
The High Commissioner mentioned the attractive investment incentives offered by the Bangladesh to foreign investors.
A special feature of the fair was the cultural programme which was designed, directed and presented entirely by expatriate Bangladeshi workers in Singapore.
The cultural performance of Bangladeshi workers enthralled the audience which received high appreciations from the floor.
Singapore Bengali Literature, an organization of Bangladeshi workers in Singapore installed a book stall at the fair where renowned literature works of Bengali Language were displayed.
A large crowd of members of Bangladesh community and some foreign guests visited the fair.
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) – Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima has portrayed Bangladesh’s robust development and potentials and urged Bangladeshis living in Japan to contribute to the ongoing development process to realise the visions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“Bangladesh’s development is role model for the world,” she said while inaugurating the “Development Fair-2018” on Friday organised by the Embassy of Bangladesh, Tokyo.
The envoy described how Bangladesh is marching on the ‘highway of progress and prosperity’ adopting the development philosophies of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo.
She elaborated the development history and highlighted major factors that contributed to the miraculous development of Bangladesh.
Rabab Fatima said the visions and the development strategies of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu have been the foundation of Bangladesh’s development roadmap.
Referring to the Vision-2021 and Vision-2041 of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, she highlighted key areas where future growth potentials will be centered upon and urged the invitees to contribute to the ongoing development process to realise the visions of the Prime Minister.
The Ambassador pointed out that as recognition of the tremendous achievements over the last decade, the Prime Minister has been honoured with many prestigious awards including the Millennium Development Goals award, Achievements in Fighting Poverty award, Planet 50-50 award and Agent of Change award.
This year, she has been given Global Women’s Leadership and Distinction Award for outstanding Leadership.
Highlighting the history and importance of bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Japan, Rabab Fatima also gave an account of cooperation between the two countries that worked as a significant boost for the economy of Bangladesh.
She said Japan was the largest development partner as well as the biggest export market for Bangladesh in Asia.
Many of the large development projects in Bangladesh were financed and assisted by Japan, the ambassador added. She urged the expatriate Bangladeshis present at the programme to contribute to Bangladesh’s development by creating employment opportunities in Japan, transferring technologies to Bangladesh and channeling investment and businesses in Bangladesh.
Counsellor of the Embassy Dr Ziaul Abedin made the presentation to complement the speech of the Ambassador. A video was also played to showcase the recent development of Bangladesh.
After the presentation, the audience engaged in a vibrant and constructive discussion on the role of expatriate Bangladeshis in the development of Bangladesh.
They expressed their satisfaction for being able to join the programme and thanked Embassy for organising such an event.
The discussion ended with a unanimous commitment to fulfill the dream of Bangabandhu and strengthen the hands of the Prime Minister to realise Bangladesh’s development goals.