PM seeks Sri Lankan investment in EPZs

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Dhaka, October 29: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday sought investment from Sri Lanka in Bangladesh’s economic zones availing themselves of attractive advantages offered by the government as 100 economic zones are being set up across the country.The Prime Minister said this when outgoing Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Bangladesh Yasoja Gunasekera met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.

Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said the Prime Minister mentioned that lands have already been allocated for establishing special economic zones for the investors of India, China and Korea.

Terming poverty as the common enemy in South Asia, Sheikh Hasina reiterated her call for working together to eliminate this curse from the region.

Both the Prime Minister and the Sri Lankan envoy stressed the need for further strengthening cooperation between the two countries, particularly on economic front and containing tourism for mutual benefits.

They also discussed various matters related to bilateral interests.

Mentioning that South Asia and South-East Asia are big markets as a whole, she urged the local businessmen to look at this potential.

Besides, Hasina said, her government is trying to encourage the business community to invest in various sectors to advance the country further, reports UNB.

The Prime Minister also put emphasis on strengthening connectivity saying communications are very important for regional development.

During the meeting, Hasina highly appreciated the education system in Sri Lanka, while Yasoja Gunasekera termed Bangladesh as a manufacturing hub.

Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi and Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury were present.