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A Correspondent
London: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday called upon the Bangladeshi expatriates, especially that of Sylhet diaspora, to invest more in Bangladesh, including the energy sector.
She made the request when a five-member delegation of All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), led by Lord Sheikh, met her at her Hotel Hilton on Park Lane on Tuesday afternoon.
In a joint press briefing after the meeting, PM's Press Secretary AKM Shamim Chowdhury and Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told reports that the meeting discussed how to increase trade with and investment in Bangladesh from the Sylhet community living in the UK.
Responding to their focus on connectivity and regional cooperation, the Prime Minister said that her government's main focus is also on regional cooperation and connectivity since South Asia is a big market.
Referring to the maritime boundary verdicts over Myanmar and India, Hasina said such verdicts have opened up the new door of investment, especially in the energy sector. “The UK companies are equally welcomed to participate and compete for gas and oil exploration in the Bay of Bengal,” she said.
About women empowerment, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh is a role model for girl and women development for protecting the rights of women when the APPG members lauded the role of Hasina in girl education and women empowerment.
Apprising the delegation members about Bangladesh’s current overall situation, the Prime Minister said now Bangladesh has got a stable vibrant society where business has been thriving.
In this connection, she referred to the violence unleashed by BNP-Jamaat to foil the January-5 election and the situation is now under full control.
Responding to Baroness Monzila Pola Uddin's request of taking more effective steps both at national and international levels to highlight the atrocities and rape committed by the Pakistani occupation forces and their cohorts during the Liberation War.
Hasina in this connection said the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) has been one of the tools to address such atrocities and genocide committed during the liberation war in 1971.
Rushanara Ali MP, Lord Curen Faridul, Baroness Monzila Pola Uddin and Lord Tarek Ahmed were the other members of the APPG.