BD ready to expand business across world: Shahriar
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Saturday said Bangladesh is ready to expand business across the world in a bigger way.
"Over the last few years, the government has tagged delegations from trade and business areas with each high-level bilateral visit to give a signal to the world that Bangladesh is ready for business and it is attracting investment," he said. He said this referring to the country's engagement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, India and other countries on trade and investment fronts with much focus on economic diplomacy. He was addressing at a seminar titled 'Bangladesh Diplomacy @50: Engaging the World' at the auditorium of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) marking its 21st anniversary.
BIISS Chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad and former Foreign Secretary Md Touhid Hossain spoke at the seminar attended also by Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque with DCAB President Raheed Ejaz in the chair. Taking part in the discussion Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Senior Research Fellow Towfiqul Islam Khan presented a paper on 'Bangladesh's Priorities in Economic Diplomacy.'
The State Minister laid emphasis on capacity-building saying Bangladesh will focus on all fronts of diplomatic engagements and every aspect of global affairs as it is moving towards becoming a developed country by 2041. "The Foreign Ministry will further expedite its efforts," Shahriar said, adding that challenges will be there but those can be overcome if the intention remains good with much focus on people's wellbeing.
He said Bangladesh opened around 17 missions abroad over the last 10 years while it has a plan to open 10 more in the next five years. About the Rohingya issue, the State Minister said Bangladesh needs to move on without confining it to one single issue as it has many more to deal with.
Highlighting Bangladesh's meaningful engagement with Myanmar and the world, he said Bangladesh is on the right track and no country will get any chance to criticise it over the issue as they did not get in the past.