PM calls for bigger Japanese investment in Bangladesh
Dhaka, February 10: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appealed to Japanese investors for bigger investment in various sectors of Bangladesh.
Prime Minister made the call when Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Governor Nobumitsu Hayashi paid a courtesy call on Sheikh Hasina at the Gana Bhaban, her official residence, on Thursday.
After the meeting, the Prime Minister's spies writer M. Nazrul Islam briefed the journalists about this.
The Prime Minister said, "Bangladesh is a great partner of Japan and the people of Japan have been with Bangladesh since the independence war of 1971."
She said, "I express my gratitude to Japan on behalf of the people of Bangladesh as Japan is still extending its hand of cooperation to us."
In this context, Sheikh Hasina said, Bangladesh is implementing several mega projects with the help of Japan. These include Matarbari deep sea port, the third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Bangabandhu Rail Bridge on Jamuna River and Metro Rail Project.
She also said, "The existing bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Japan will be strengthened in the future."
The JBIC Governor said that Japan is a development partner of Bangladesh and promised to contribute more to the development of this country.
He also highlighted Japan's interest in investing in Bangladesh's sugar, prepaid gas meter manufacturing industry and biomass power generation.
In response, the Prime Minister praised these proposals and said that the prepaid gas meter manufacturing industry can be set up as a joint venture. The PM also proposed handing over one or two state-owned sugar mills out of 15 to Japanese investors.
Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office Mohammad Salah Uddin and Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Iwama Kiminori were present on the occasion.