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Prime Minister opens Dhaka International Trade Fair 2014

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurating the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2014 in the city Saturday.Photo: PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurating the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2014 in the city Saturday.Photo: PID

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina called upon the businessmen to diversify their products on Saturday for capturing new export markets across the globe leaving aside their dependence on the traditional markets. She also asked them to take steps for expanding their local markets as well, reports UNB.

She made these calls at a function at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city while inaugurating the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF), 2014, the 19th edition of the annual event, with a high hope of fetching significant export orders.

The PM asked the factory owners to look after their workers properly and ensured them all out government support in the future.

About the different kinds of government facilities for the wellbeing of the country’s industrial sector, Hasina said more facilities are waiting for them to recoup the losses they sustained in the recent months because of the ‘BNP-Jamaat’s destructive activities’.

“After forming the new government, we will give you some more facilities.” she assured the businessmen.

She alleged that Begum Khaleda Zia is not only the leader of Banglash Nationalist Part (BNP), rather she has now turned into the leader of Jamaat-e-Islami as well, reports UNB.

“She (Khaleda Zia) is now the leader both BNP and Jamaat; the leader of BNP-Jamaat declared war against the people to fulfill her vendetta against the people by ruining the economy of the country in the name of agitation programmes,” Hasina said.

Commerce Secretary Mahbub Ahmed, Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) president Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed and Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) Vice Chairman Subhashish Bose also spoke on the occasion.

DITF is a platform, jointly organised by EPB and the Commerce Ministry, for both local and foreign producers to showcase their products.

Apart from Bangladesh, 12 foreign countries from Asia, North America and Europe will participate in the fair.

The participating countries are China, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Iran, South Korea, Thailand, the USA, Pakistan, Turkey and Singapore. There will be a separate zone for the foreign participants.

The organisers are expecting nearly 100,000 visitors every day to the mega trade event.

A pavilion, titled ‘Bangabandhu Memorial Pavilion’, has also been set up in the DITF this year for projecting the history of the liberation war before the young generation.

Earlier, the government deferred the event, originally scheduled to begin on January 1, by 10 days due to volatile political situation during the 10th parliamentary elections.

The deferment came following requests made by the participants. As per the new schedule, the fair will end on February 10.

The PM also said that a frontline leader of BNP recently mentioned that they are ‘engaged in a war and it is very normal to have human casualties in any war’.

“The BNP leader wants dead bodies, but for what kind of gain? People will judge that,” she said.

Hasina, also the President of Awami League (AL), said her party was also engaged in political agitation programmes in the past. “But we never killed anyone in those agitation programmes. Rather we engaged general people in our programmes.

“We always wanted to get the support of the mass people. But, this time, we are watching the contrary.”

She added: “From the beginning, the trend of the BNP-led agitation programme this time was to kill the ordinary people…BNP-Jamaat terrorists killed people, set fire to properties. Even the vegetable and cow-laden trucks did not escape their attacks.”

Admitting that the BNP leader has succeeded in her ‘intention to cause some loss’ for the country, the PM said that one day the BNP chief will have to answer to the people for what she had done in the name of agitation programmes.

She called upon the businessmen of the country to persuade the BNP leader that her ‘destructive politics’ is not bringing anything good for the country.

“They (BNP-Jamaat) tried to spoil the election, but have failed; they tried to oust the government, they also failed… when I invited her for dialogue she replied with an ultimatum,” Hasina said.

Mentioning that the AL got the mandate from the people in the last election to rule the country for another term, she expressed the hope that the BNP leader will come to her senses and stop all sorts of destructive activities.


Source: Financial Express


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