Top industrialists and business leaders on Wednesday stressed the need for continuation of the Awami League-led government for sustainability of the existing business policy to accelerate private sector growth and make the country’s economic base stronger.
Referring to the growth and progress achieved in every sector over the last ten years under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, they vowed to continue their support by making new investments and creating new jobs.
The business leaders and eminent business personalities were speaking at a business conference organised by Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present at the conference as the chief guest.
“Today’s Bangladesh has become a role model before the world for its surprising GDP growth,” Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said in his speech.
Praising the tremendous economic progress made possible by the Awami League government in last ten years, he said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is building a Sonar Bangladesh [Golden Bangladesh] with her visionary leadership.
“Before 2008, businesspeople could not get sufficient power supply due to electricity shortage. But today, businesses are getting as much electricity as they need,” Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said.
“We sought around 400MW of electricity for establishing heavy industries in Mirsharai and the government is ready to provide us with the electricity,” he said to cite an example of the Awami League-led government’s commitment to industrialisation and growth.
Talking about the upcoming national election slated for December 30, the Bashundhara Group chairman urged the business community to extend their all-out support to Awami League for the sake of the country’s development.
Referring to the sheltering of Rohingyas, he praised the humanitarian role of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. “She offered shelter to lakhs of Rohingyas showing the greatest gesture of generosity and humanity,” he said.
Salman F Rahman, private sector development affairs adviser to Awami League president, said the business community is grateful to Sheikh Hasina as she extended cooperation to every business person, irrespective of their political affiliation, to do business freely over the last 10 years.
“The Awami League government has done everything for the people of Bangladesh. Everyone has to admit that businessmen irrespective of their political belief or party can now run their business smoothly,” Salman F Rahman said.
“Many big deals were signed in the country in the last ten years. But businesses never faced any interference as they faced from Hawa Bhaban during the BNP regime,” he said, adding that Digital Bangladesh has become a reality now.
FBCCI president Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin said the Federation is a non-political organisation and its role is to facilitate business for the private sector and strengthen the country’s economy.
“But the motto of today’s business conference is to seek the continuation of the current [Awami League] government, and the continuation of policy and consistency of growth in every sector,” he said.
DCCI president Abul Kasem Khan urged the politicians to put more focus on the country’s human resource development in the coming days.
BKMEA president Salim Osman said Bangladesh needs the continuation of Awami League-led government one more time for the sake of its future.
Prior to the last national election, Sheikh Hasina pledged to eradicate poverty and Monga (famine-like situation) from the country, said BGMEA former president Tipu Munshi. “And she did it.”
Former BGMEA president Atiqul Islam said Sheikh Hasina has been the guardian of readymade garment sector, country’s largest exporting earner. “She played the key role in improving the wage structure for the RMG sector workers.”
Former FBCCI president AK Azad, who is the chairman and managing director of Hameem Group, FBCCI Senior Vice-President Sheikh Fazle Fahim, Mohammadi Group Managing Director Rubana Huq, BASIS President Syed Almas Kabir, Microsoft Bangladesh Managing Director Sonia Bashir, Envoy Group Chairman Kutubuddin Ahmed, Anwar Group Managing Director Manwar Hossain, BSRM Group Chairman Alihussain Akberali, former BGMEA president Anwarul Alam Parvez, Dokan Malik Samity President Helal Uddin, noted entrepreneur Rokeya Afzal Rahman and many other industrialists also spoke on the occasion.