Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today offered land in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for Kingdom of Saudi Arabi and sought more investment in Bangladesh of the oil-rich country.
"We want more Saudi investment in Bangladesh," she said.
Prime Minister made the request as a nine-member Saudi delegation, led by visiting Saudi Minister of Commerce Dr Majeed bin Abdullah Alkussabi, called on her at her official Ganabhaban residence here this evening.
PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the newsmen after the meeting.
The Premier also proposed Saudi Arabia to set up oil refinery in Bangladesh where all kinds of oil including crude oil can be refined.
During the meeting, they discussed the enhancement of business of both countries for mutual interest.
The KSA minister said key investors of his country are keen to invest in Bangladesh, particularly in the renewable energy sector.
In this context, he urged the Prime Minister to make ease the investment process in Bangladesh by addressing the bureaucratic delay.
The Prime Minister, in reply, said she had already asked the officials concerned to take required measures to make ease and quick the investment process.
She said they are huge markets in neighboring countries, adding that her government has been working to ease and smooth the transportation of goods by setting up connectivity on all the ways that include waterways.
The Premier said they are dredging the rivers to enhance navigability to revive the waterways.
Her government, she said, wants to build an Arabic Language Institute to facilitate Bangladeshi workers to know Arabic Language well before going to the Saudi Arabia.
She said her country is eagerly waiting to receive the KSA Crown Prince when the Saudi Minister said their Crown Prince is interested to visit Bangladesh.
The Saudi Minister invited the Prime Minister to offer Omrah.
The Saudi Minister highly praised Bangladesh's remarkable progress and development under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Premier also appreciated the first development of Saudib Arabia.
Talking about Rohingya crisis, the KSA minister described Sheikh Hasina as the Mother of Humanity.
Dr Majeed bin Abdullah Alkussabi said there are enormous potential of Saudi investment in Bangladesh, saying, "We can share our experience in the field of business with Bangladesh."
He said in the last 10 months as many as 6.50 lakh Bangladeshi jobseekers went to the country.
PM's Private Industry and Investment Affairs Adviser Salman Fazlur Rahman, Principal Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah, Senior Secretary of the Commerce Ministry Tapan Kanti Ghosh and Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh Essa bin Yousef Al Duhailan were present, among others.
The government has issued a notice saying that there will be
no age limit for intending hajj pilgrims this year.
The notice signed by Deputy Secretary of Religious Affairs Ministry Abul Kashem Muhammad Shahin was issued Monday.
It said persons below 12 years old will be able to perform hajj this year.
The Hajj will be held on June 27 this year subject to a moon sighting.
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab
Uddin today said Bangladesh requires US$ 373 billion to implement its National
Adaptation Plan (NAP) in the next 27 years, with US$ 8.5 billion per year as
new and additional finance.
"For the full implementation of the (Nationally determined contributions) NDC targets of Bangladesh, it needs US$ 143 billion from international support...we need to ensure easy and quick access to climate finance as well," he told the first Copenhagen Climate Ministerial Meeting held at Eigtveds Pakhus in Copenhagen, Denmark, according to a message received here.
Shahab Uddin said the developed countries must keep their commitments of mobilising US$ 100 billion annually from this year to support actions to tackle climate change in the most vulnerable countries with an equal balance between adaptation and mitigation.
The most vulnerable developing countries urgently require new, predictable, and adequate grant-based public financing for adaptation beyond voluntary donor assistance, he said.
The minister said the financial mechanism must be settled for the effective implementation of the NAP.
He urged the developed countries to double adaptation finance to support developing countries in their efforts to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change.
In line with the position of the LDC group, he said, Bangladesh expects a more proactive role from the developed countries to ensure the ambitious contribution of climate finance towards grant-based adaptation support to the most climate-vulnerable countries.
Shahab Uddin said Parties must reach consensus on several critical issues regarding the 'Mitigation Work Programme' to reduce global green house gas (GHG) emissions by 43 percent by 2030 aiming to keep 1.5 degree Celsius within reach.
The Mitigation Work Programme should facilitate creating enabling conditions for the effective implementation of mitigation actions in the most vulnerable developing countries through the mobilisation of adequate financial resources, technology transfer and capacity building, he said.
Earlier, the minister joined a view-exchange meeting with the Bangladeshi community held in Bangladesh Embassy in Denmark with AKM Shahidul Karim, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Denmark, in the chair.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government is building the armed forces in such a way as it can defend the country's independence and sovereignty if Bangladesh is attacked.
"We don't want war with anyone. But, we have to attain enough efficiency to protect our independence and sovereignty if Bangladesh falls into such situation and we're preparing our forces keeping that in mind," she said.
The premier said this while commissioning the newly constructed naval submarine base "BNS Sheikh Hasina" by unveiling its nameplate, joining virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence here.
The inaugural function was held at Pekua in Cox's Bazar.
The prime minister said her government is maintaining the foreign policy adopted by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, "Friendship to all, malice to none."
She asked the armed forces personnel to continue efforts to materialise Father of the Nation's dream of building developed, prosperous and Smart Bangladesh by 2041 free from hunger and poverty alongside discharging professional duties.
"We have established the Bangladesh Navy as a smart force. We will build every organisation as modern with up-to-date and technological knowledge," she said.
The premier said they have adopted a "Blue Economy" policy and are working to use the vast marine resources in flourishing country's national economy and thus to contribute to ensuring overall development of Bangladesh.
She said the newly commissioned submarine base would help navy increase its operational capacity to secure the vast marine resources while the ships passing through the Bay of Bengal also can take help from the base.
"A proud chapter is added to the history of Bangladesh Navy with commissioning the complete and ultra-modern submarine base," she said.
The premier also witnessed the first flag hoisting ceremony in the submarine base of the navy.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal gave the address of welcome at the venue in Pekua.
A brief audio-visual documentary of the submarine base was screened at the function.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu had enacted the Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act, 1974 to establish Bangladesh’s rights on its maritime boundaries.
But, the United Nations adopted the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 1982 as an international maritime law, she said.
After 21 years , when AL government assumed power in 1996, Sheikh Hasina said her government had taken some measures and signed the UN unclose to this end, adding that the Zia, Ershad and Khaleda’s governments did not take any measures.
After coming to power for the second time in 2009, the prime minister said they have been able to establish Bangladesh’s rights on the vast marine areas and its resources from neighbouring India and Myanmar with maintaining the friendly relations.
Sheikh Hasina said her government formulated "Forces Goal 2030" in line with Bangabandhu’s Defence Policy-1974 after assuming power in 2009 and is now implementing the goal aimed at transforming all the military forces as modern and time-worthy organizations.
In last 14 years, a total of 31 warships, including four frigates, six corvettes, four large patrol crafts, five patrol crafts and two training ships were added to the fleet of Bangladesh Navy, she said.
"We added two submarines on March 12 in 2017. As a result, today our Navy was established as a three-dimensional naval force," she added.
The premier said Bangladesh is currently building ships in local shipyards for its own uses and for others.
Bangladesh Navy has completed the construction of five patrol craft including large ones in Khulna shipyard, she said.
Indian High Commissioner Pranay Verma and Hon’ble Minister of Education of Bangladesh H.E. Dr. Dipu Moni jointly inaugurated the Indian Higher Education Meet 2023 conducted under the aegis of the Study in India programme in Dhaka. Higher educational institutes from different parts of India participated in the event.