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Japan a trusted partner of B’desh: Hasina

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27_FNS_N_06_09_2014Staf Reporter
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday hoped that Japan will remain as Bangladesh’s trusted and active partner in its journey towards emerging a ‘developed nation’ by 2041.
"Our long-term aspiration is to make Bangladesh a ‘developed nation’ by the year 2041. As we progress along our journey ahead, I firmly believe, like in the past, Japan would remain steadfast as our trusted and active partners," she said.
Hasina made the statement at the banquet she hosted in honor of visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his wife and his delegation members at city’s Sonargaon Hotel.
In this connection, she recalled the firm support and sympathy extended to Bangladesh by the people and the government of Japan during the War of Liberation in 1971. "This culminated in Japan’ s becoming one of the first developed nations in recognizing Bangladesh immediately after our liberation in February 1972."
She also mentioned that the historic visit to Japan by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1973 truly reflected national sentiment towards the Japanese government and people. "Since then, the bilateral bonds between the two countries have grown from strength to strength."
As a close friend of Bangladesh, Hasina said Japan is well aware of the socioeconomic progress of Bangladesh made in the last few years.
She mentioned that the government has been working, guided by ‘Vision 2021’, to elevate the country to a new level of development by building a hunger-free peaceful `Golden Bangla’ which was actually the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Talking abut the business delegation accompanying with the Japanese Prime Minister, Hasina said they have been able to have some firsthand impression about the business opportunities, competitive investment incentive packages are on offer and the friendly investment climate prevailing in Bangladesh.
She said her government is working on setting up a Special Economic Zone exclusively for Japanese investors to help them relocate or set up their industries there.
”Based on our common values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law as well as our resolve to maintain peace and stability at regional and global level, both our countries share similar views on various international issues and support each other in different international forums,” she told her audience.
The Prime Minister went on saying, "Our two countries are important contributors to the UN Peacekeeping and Peace-building operations, and champions of global peace and stability."
The banquet was followed by a colorful cultural program.