Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has called on the British Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BBCCI) leaders to help attract more foreign direct investment (FDI) to Bangladesh.
He had a courtesy meeting with BBCCI – which works in close cooperation with agencies specialised in Bangladeshi business, the Bangladesh High Commission in the UK, the British High Commission in Dhaka, the UK's Department for International Trade, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry and other local chambers – at a London hotel Sunday.
"Bangladesh's biggest strength is its human resources, which can be exported abroad to earn foreign currencies and raise people's standard of living. But for this to happen, we will have to turn our human resources into skilled ones," Momen said.
He assured them of all the required support in setting up catering institutes in the country to meet the great demand for skilled people in the UK's catering sector.
Momen also called on them to invest in Bangladesh's health and agriculture.
Replying to a question from BBCCI President Sayedur Rahman Ranu, he said the government will do what it takes to stop the harassment of expatriates, especially those from the Middle East, at the airport.
He also talked about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's instruction to launch the cargo service of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
BBCCI Director General AKM Nurujjaman, Finance Director Ataur Rahman Kuti, former president advisor emeritus Shahagir Bakth Faruk, ex-president Bashir Ahmed, and Director and Advisor Shafiqul Islam were also present at the meeting.
Momen, the chief patron of BBCCI, is now in the UK as a member of Sheikh Hasina's entourage.