The World Expo-2020 also known as Dubai-Expo-2020, which is one of the largest expositions of the world, has formally kicked off here in Dubai with the participation of some 192 countries including Bangladesh alongside many international organizations and companies.
As part of Bangladesh's participation at the Expo, the Bangladesh Pavilion was inaugurated today by Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi.
This is for the first time Bangladesh took part at the Expo with its own pavilion.
The six-month long Expo would continue till March 31, 2022 where the socio-economic progress, history, culture and heritage of Bangladesh over the last 50 years would be highlighted.
Marking the formal inauguration of the Bangladesh Pavilion, a seminar was organized by the Ministry of Commerce at the Pavilion conference room today with the title "Indomitable Bangladesh: A desired destination for trade and investment".
Chaired by Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE Md Abu Jafar, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi spoke at the seminar as the chief guest while Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed spoke as special guest.
Commerce Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) Vice Chairman AHM Ahsan, Consul General of Bangladesh at Dubai BM Jamal Hossain, NRB CIP Association President and Al Harmain Group Chairman Mahtabur Rahman Nasir and KPC Group Chairman Kalipradip Chowdhury spoke, among others, at the seminar.
North South University teacher Dilara Afroz Khan presented the key-note paper at the seminar.
Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi urged the expatriate Bangladeshis to invest in their motherland.
"Investment-friendly environment is prevailing in Bangladesh while our socio-economic progress is also
We are ahead of our neighboring countries, please come up with investment and the government will extend all-out cooperation to you," he said.
Tipu said the government would also consider with due importance the proposals of the expatriates to simplify further the investment procedure.
He said Bangladesh is no longer a "bottomless basket", rather the attainments of Bangladesh in different fields over the last 50 years would be highlighted before the whole world at the Dubai Expo.
Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed called upon the expatriate Bangladeshis to invest in Employment-generating operations in their motherland apart from sending remittance.
"Building posh houses in your motherland with remittance money is not an investment. Please invest in such sector which will generate employments and thus boost country's exports," he added.