Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina emphasized on the need to develop cooperation between Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives to develop the tourism industry for mutual benefit. He said, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives can develop cooperation in tourism for mutual benefit. The Prime Minister made this comment when the outgoing High Commissioner of Maldives Shirujimath Sameer came to Bangladesh to have a farewell meeting with the Prime Minister at the Ganabhaban on Monday. After the meeting, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said in a press briefing that tourism was discussed in the meeting.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also congratulated the newly elected President of Maldives, Mohammad Muijju. The outgoing ambassador of Maldives said that Bangladesh has huge potential in the tourism industry, especially in Cox’s Bazar, the longest sandy beach in the world. The Prime Minister said that many Bangladeshi workers are working in Maldives. They are contributing to the economy of both countries. The Ambassador of Maldives thanked the Prime Minister for his government’s all-out support in fulfilling his duties in Dhaka. He said that during his tenure, the relations between Maldives and Bangladesh reached a new height. Ambassador at Large M Ziauddin and Chief Secretary M Tofazzel Hossain Mia were also present at this time.
In this direction, a delegation of the Parliamentary Group (CPG) of six members of different political parties of Scotland met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban. At this time they expressed interest in taking construction workers from Bangladesh. Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said in a press conference that the first Bangladeshi-born MP of the Parliament of Scotland, Faisal Chowdhury, led the delegation in this meeting with the Prime Minister. Other members of the delegation are Miles Briggs, Evelyn Tweed, Juned Hossain Chowdhury, Farhan Masud Khan and Md. Lutfur Rahman. Scottish MPs say language skills are a major barrier to hiring construction workers from Bangladesh. At this time, the Prime Minister said that his government has taken various steps through various institutions to provide vocational and computer training including language teaching to improve the skills of the workers. Faisal Chowdhury said that Scotland is interested in investing in the agricultural sector of Bangladesh. The delegation enthusiastically praised the unprecedented development of Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the last 15 years.
Members of the delegation said the Bangladeshi diaspora is involved in mainstream politics in Scotland and currently around 200 Bangladeshis are elected councilors in the country.