Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said that BRICS is a platform which may open new doors for some countries towards development. Some countries will be able to move forward through this platform.
Prime Minister of Bangladesh made this remark while addressing the ‘Conference of Bangladesh Envoys in Africa’ held at the Radisson Hotel Blue in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday, August 23, 2023.
The Prime Minister said, “BRICS is a platform which may open new doors for some countries towards development. Some countries will be able to move forward through this platform”.
“Bangabandhu liberated the country and got only three years and seven months to shape up the country, to establish democracy in Bangladesh before he was brutally killed in 1975”, she said at the Bangladesh Envoys in Africa Conference.
“Diplomats should take initiatives to improve our bilateral relations with Africa. Economic diplomacy should be increased, and Ambassadors should identify areas of investment and take actions accordingly, said the prime minister.
The prime minister mentioned, “African countries will have a role in getting OIC membership for Bangladesh. As we are seeking investments from Africa, Bangladesh will also try to invest in Africa in the future”.
“There was a time when we had to buy winter vegetables at high prices. Now those are history as we are getting winter vegetables all through the year. If necessary, agricultural production initiatives can be taken in African countries by which both countries will benefit. There is also an opportunity to work in the shipbuilding industry in this country”, she added.
“Increasing trade and business is our main goal now. Hence, we shall take initiatives to send skilled manpower to these countries from Bangladesh”, the prime minister said.
“Today, Bangladesh could embark on this development milestone because democracy prevails in Bangladesh.
This progress of the democratic trend should not be interrupted because development is not possible without a democratic system.”, the prime minister added.
The prime minister said that, today’s dollar crisis must be handled with efficiency. The current image of the country should be retained, and we must move forward towards development.
The High Commissioner of Bangladesh posted in Mauritius presented a painting of Bangabandhu Road in Mauritius to the Honorable Prime Minister at the Conference.
The Bangladeshi envoys in African countries, who were present at the conference are Mohammad Shahadat Hossain, Ambassador to Morocco, Md. Monirul Islam, Ambassador Egypt, Rezina Ahmed, Ambassador Mauritius, Noor-E-Helal Saifur Rahman, High Commissioner to South Africa, Masudur Rahman, High Commissioner Naigera, Muhammad Zulqar Nain, Ambassador to Algeria, Tareque Muhammad, High Commissioner Kenya, Maj Gen Abul Hasnat Mohammad Khairul Bashar, Ambassador to Libya, and Tareq Ahmed, CDA to Sudan.