Bangladesh has potentials to make big jump: Okada

Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada on Thursday said Bangladesh is a country of potentials and it would go a long way if its potentials could be properly utilised.

The visiting Japanese leader made the remark during a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in the afternoon.

Okada said the Japanese investment in Bangladesh is increasing, but noted that the problems of electricity, gas and administrative procedure are creating impediments to the investment.

In response, the Prime Minister said the government has been working to resolve the problems and sought investment from Japan in Bangladesh’s power sector.

About corruption, Hasina said her government will show zero tolerance to corruption and it has strengthened the Anti Corruption Commission of the country.

PM’s press secretary Abdul Kalam Azad briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh could achieve its desired progress if its trusted friends like Japan extend their cooperation.

Sheikh Hasina recalled with gratitude Japan’s cooperation and thanked the country for continuing its supports despite devastating earthquake and tsunami there.

She invited Japanese investment to special economic zones of the country saying her government is trying to overcome the power and energy crises.

In this context, she sought investment for generating power and energy which they will be able to use in their own industries in Bangladesh and the surplus one could be provided to domestic users.

Hasina said her government has been able to ensured food security and put emphasis on ensuring nutrition for all.

About terrorism, she said there is no room for militancy and terrorism in Bangladesh as her government contained it with a strong hand in the last three and a half years.

Terming Japan a good friend, the Prime Minister commended the dynamic and visionary leadership of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to realise the much-desired economic reforms and post-disaster reconstruction.

She hoped that Japanese entrepreneurs would further seek to import world-class Bangladeshi products like ceramic, leather and leather goods, garments and jute goods.

Hasina thanked Japan for constructing some food godowns for Bangladesh.

The Japanese Deputy Minister appreciated the able leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and said the country could make significant progress if it could harness its existing potentials.

He expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for Bangladesh’s assistance during the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Okada said he had detailed discussions on the bilateral issues with the Bangladesh Foreign Minister.

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Adviser to the Prime Minister Professor Dr Gowher Rizvi were, among others, present.